NIA conducts searches at 6 locations in cross-LoC trade case

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Tuesday conducted searches at six locations in Kashmir in connection with the suspended cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade.
The sleuths of NIA conducted raid at the premises of Tanveer Ahmad Wani, who is the President of cross LOC Traders Association, at Achgoza in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district while paramilitary CRPF and local police maintained guard outside the locations to ensure smooth searches.
The searches were conducted at Safakadal, Bemina and Parimpora fruit markets in Srinagar, NIA spokesman said.
“NIA carried out searches at 6 locations in connection with the ongoing investigation in the cross-LoC trade case,” he said adding the NIA teams were accompanied and supported by CRPF and Police teams.
The spokesman said that during the searches, NIA sleuths recovered incriminating documents including photographs and cross LOC trade related documents.
“Besides, electronic devices and other material have also been seized,” the spokesman said adding that the connected persons in the case are being questioned.
The case RC-17/2016/NIA/DLI pertains to the “illegal transfer of funds in a large scale from Pakistan to India through the import of California Almonds.”
In April this year, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) suspended the cros LoC trade, alleging that it was being misused by Pakistan-based elements for “funneling illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency, etc.”
The cross-LoC trade, which was started in 2008, was seen as a part of major confidence-building measure to boost direct trade between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan administered Kashmir.