Srinagar: National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday carried out a massive raid operation at the Srinagar residence of businessman Ajaz Ahmed Hakak in connection with hawala transactions.

A senior NIA official told MyNation that raids were carried out early morning and lasted for six hours. "Teams of NIA reached the house of said businessman early this morning and carried out extensive searches inside his residence. Raid was carried out for six long hours. However, there is no arrest made," he said. 

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Sources told MyNation that NIA seized important documents closely connecting Hakak with the Hawala transactions. The traders pass on hawala money to separatist leaders which is further funnelled to anti-Indian protesters to cause unrest in the Jammu and Kashmir region. 

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In 2017, NIA's crackdown on the Hurriyat leadership, their kins and associated businessmen in connection with hawala money had adversely affected the separatist leadership in the valley.

In August this year, NIA had arrested Syed Shakeel Ahmad, son of Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin, after raiding his house in Srinagar. He was also taken to New Delhi for questioning. 

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