NIA launches probe into suspicious funding in J&K

INDIA-KASHMIR/ Graffiti is painted on a wall in Srinagar after an escalation of violence | Reuters

At a time when India has launched a scathing attack on Pakistan for fuelling the recent unrest in Kashmir, Indian probe agencies have gathered technical inputs that establish huge inflow and outflow of funds in Jammu and Kashmir in recent months raising hackles of the union home ministry.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has launched a probe into it and registered a preliminary inquiry to trace the source of funding.

NIA officials said according to the information they collected, certain bank accounts in the state had seen huge inflow and outflow of funds during the last few months. These accounts are in the names of persons whose income doesn't warrant such banking transactions.

Similarly, information also indicates flow of funds and their disbursement in bank accounts of some persons of interest in the state, said NIA sources without elaborating since a probe has been launched into the sensitive matter.

"To verify the details and to ascertain the end users of the flow of funds, NIA has registered Preliminary Enquiry into the subject and would submit its findings to MHA in due course," an official said.

The investigation into the trail of money is expected to give a boost to New Delhi's claim that the recent unrest and violence in the form of stone pelting incidents were not generated locally but was being fuelled by foreign elements who were pumping huge cash inflow to keep the pot boiling in Kashmir.

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