Srinagar- National Investigation Agency (NIA) with assistance of Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF raided around 56 locations on Sunday across Jammu and Kashmir in connection with a case registered by them against banned organization Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI).
Reliable sources said that all but fifty six locations were raided by the probing agency NIA with assistance of Jammu and Kashmir Police along with CRPF in connection with a case registered against banned organization Jamaat-e- Islami, according to news agency KDC.
They said that NIA conducted raids to check resurgence of JeI activities in Jammu and Kashmir despite the ban on organization adding that a senior DIG and a team from New Delhi had flown to Srinagar before the raids.
Official sources said that in Srinagar searches were carried out in the residence of Gazi Moin-ul Islam, a resident of Soura and Falah-e-Aam Trust Nowgam, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat son of Mohammad Jaffar Bhat, at present HIG Colony Bemina, Bashir Ahmad Lone at Harwan and Faheem Ramzan at Lal Bazar.
They said in Anantnag residential houses of Mushtaq Ahmad Wani son of Ghulam Hassan Wani, Nazir Ahmad Raina son of Ghulam Rasool Raina, both resident of Lohersenzi are of Kokernag, Farooq Ahmad Khan son of Mohammad Yaqoob Khan, a resident of Sundbrbare Kokernag, Aftaq Ahmad Mir resident of Badoora Achabal and Ahmadullah Parrey resident of Khiram Bijbehara. were searched.
A police official from Budgam said that NIA searches were carried out in the residences of many Jamaat leaders including Dr Mohammad Sultan Bhat son of Lasse Bhat presently staying in Pakistan since 2019, Ghulam Mohammad Wani and Gulzar Ahmad Shah all residents of Soibugh Budgam, Riyaz Ahmad Sofi son of Mohammad Sultan Sofi, a resident of Sholipora and Mohammad Abdullah Wani a resident of Wadwan at present Mandir-Bagh Bhagat in Srinagar.
In Bandipora Ex Jamaat president’s residence was searched. He was identified as Mohammad Sikander Malik son of Abdul Ghani Malik, a resident of Gundpora.
In central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district NIA raided four residences including Gul Mohammad war son of Abdul Rahim war ex Ameer Zila JeI Ganderbal, a resident of Manigam Lar Ganderbal, residence of Zahoor Ahmad Reshi son of Afzal Reshi and Mehraj ud din Reshi son of Afzal Reshi both resident of Safapora Ganderbal and at house of Abdul Hameed Bhat son of Ghulam Mohd at Batwina Ganderbal were searched.
In Shopian NIA raids were held at two locations identified as Mohammad Yousuf Sheikh son of Gulamh Hassan Sheikh, a resident of Maldera Shopian JEI Activist and Ex- militant and Riyaz Ahmad Ganie son of Mohd yaseen Ganie resident of Nadigam Shopian (brother of Hamid Fayaz Ganie Ameeri Jammat JeI who is presently under Public Safety Act, reported KDC.
At Kulgam, NIA searched residences of Ghulam Hassan Sheikh son of Saifullah Sheikh, a resident of Tarigam Kulgam ex Ameer Jamat member and Mohammad Yosuf Rather son of Ghulam Ahmad Rather, resident of Bolsoo Kulgam ex Ameer Zila Kulgam JeI.
In North Kashmir’s Baramulla NIA accompanied by local Police raided the residential house of Peer Gayas u din Shah Son of Late Ghulam Hassan Shah, resident of Wagoora (Ex JeI Ameer Tehsil Wagoora) and Abdul Rahman Shall, a resident of Baramulla.
Similarly as per reports NIA raids are being carried out in Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar and Rajouri districts of Jammu.
Meanwhile, NIA in a statement said that it conducted searches at multiple locations in 14 district of J&K in Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) funding case (RC-03/2021/NIA/DLI).
“Today (08.08.2021), NIA alongwith JKP and CRPF conducted searches at 56 locations in Districts of Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar and Rajouri of J&K,” the agency said in a statement.
The case was registered by NIA on 5 February 2021 in pursuance to order from Ministry of Home Affairs relating to “separatist and secessionist activities of JeI, an unlawful association under the UA(P) Act, even after its proscription on 28.02.2019.”
“The members of the organisation have been collecting funds domestically and abroad through donations particularly in the form of Zakat, Mowda and Bait-ul-Mal purportedly to further charity and other welfare activities but these funds are instead being used for violent and secessionist activities,” NIA claimed, adding, “The funds raised by JeI are also being channelised to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and others through well organised networks of JeI cadres. JeI has also been motivating impressionable youth of Kashmir and recruiting new members (Rukuns) in J&K to participate in disruptive secessionist activities.”
The NIA said searches conducted included the premises of office bearers of the association, its members and also offices of trusts purportedly run by JeI. “During the searches today, various incriminating documents and electronic devices were seized from the premises of the suspects”.
Further investigation in the case continues, the NIA added.
In February 2019, the Centre banned JeI for five years under anti-terror laws on the ground that it was "in close touch" with militant outfits and was expected to "escalate secessionist movement" in the erstwhile state.
A notification, banning the group under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs after a high-level meeting on security chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Hundreds of JeI activists were arrested in a major crackdown across Jammu and Kashmir following the ban which came just months ahead of the abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation into two Union territories in August 2019.
Be Part of Quality Journalism
Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.