"They will be set free by tomorrow", he said. Responding to the move, Malik said that he would not be intimidated by the NIA move.
SHO Budgam Rafi Ahmad told Kashmir Reader, "The NIA team left the residence of Agha Hassan around 7pm and reached Srinagar safely". "A posse of policemen raided Abi Guzar office of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) in the heart of Srinagar and arrested Malik to desist him from spearheading the poll boycott campaign", a JKLF spokesman had said.
He said the raids and searches were conducted at nine locations in Kashmir, one in Jammu, winter capital of the State.
Yet another NIA team carried out a raid on the residence of separatist leader Shabir Shah's close associate Zamir Sheikh at Nowgam Bypass.
Shah is a member of the Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference and has been detained by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in New Delhi.
The NIA so far has arrested 11 persons in the case.
Houses of a chartered accountant and two businessmen were also searched in Kashmir.
The NIA had registered a case on May 30 against separatist leaders for acting in connivance with militants of Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Toiba and other groups and woman separatist group Dukhtaran-e-Millat for raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means including hawala for funding separatist and militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir. Watali, who is considered as a political broker, was arrested by the NIA last month.
Two days back NIA had arrested two youth - Kamran Yousuf, a photojournalist from Pulwama and Javed Ahmed Bhat from Kulgam in South Kashmir.
Sources said that a team of NIA alongwith a contingent of police and other forces raided the residence of Aga and started searches. Shakeel heads the Islamic Students' League (ISL).
Inspector General of NIA, Alok Mittal said the NIA carried out searches at 11 locations today. "Showkat Bakhshi and his father were present in the house". The houses reportedly belong to LoC traders.
"During searches, FD worth over Rs one crore and lots of incriminating material, suspect financial records, property related documents and electronic devices have been seized", said the NIA press release.
Searches are still on and the suspects are being questioned about the incriminating recoveries made from them.
Mittal said that no person has been arrested by the NIA in these raids. The raid began at 4 a.m. and continued the whole day.