NIA arrests the head of the Pulwama Cross-LOC Merchant Corps

SRINAGAR: The (NIA) arrested the president of the Cross-LOC Merchants Association in New Delhi after the revelations of the arrested DSP, Davinder Singh.

Tanveer is the sixth person arrested in the case after Davinder Singh was arrested last month on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway while escorting two Hizb terrorists.

The NIA also questioned, former MLA (independent) of Langate, about terrorist financing. The NIA had raided the Tanveer Wani residences and another merchant in July 2019, but let them both go after the interrogation.

It is alleged that Tanveer financed Naveed Babu, operative commander of, who was arrested along with Davinder Singh and three other people in the DSP car on January 11, on the Jammu-Srinagar national road near Qazigund.

Tanveer is believed to be involved in hawala transactions under the cross-LOC trade attire and NIA suspects that he was financing the Hizb team to carry out terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

Official sources said Tanveer was summoned to Delhi from Pulwama and arrested there. In addition to Davinder Singh, Naveed Babu, Irfan Shafi Mir and Syed Irfan are in the custody of the NIA.

The Indian government began the cross-trade of LoC in 2006, but merchants were mainly involved in hawala transactions, which helped terrorist activities in J&K.

India stopped the LoC cross-commerce in February 2019, after the suicide attack against the CRPF convoy at Lethpora in Pulwama, which claimed the lives of more than 40 CRPF jawans.

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