Jama’at Funding Case: NIA Searches 6 Locations In Kashmir

Srinagar- National Investigation Agency (NIA) with assistance of Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF raided multiple locations on Thursday in Kashmir valley in connection with a case registered against banned politico-religious organisation Jamaat e Islami, Kashmir.

Official sources said that multiple locations were raided by the probing agency NIA backed by Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF in connection with a case registered against Jamaat.

They said the case was registered by the probing agency NIA in pursuance to an 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.”

NIA in its statement had said “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 militants such as 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.”

Local news agency KDC reported that a raid was conducted in the residential house of Farooq Ahmad Bhat alias Khaki, a resident of Chinar Bagh Pahroo in Srinagar outskirts.

In Budgam raids were conducted in the residential house of Khursheed Sanai, a resident of Falchil Khansahib and Bilal Ahmad Mir, a resident of Hanjura area of the district.

Similarly, in north Kashmir raids were conducted at the residences of Hafizullah Ganie, a resident of Chandkoot Kreeri and Shoaib Mohammad Choor, a resident of Sangri Colony Baramulla.

“During the searches on Thursday, various incriminating documents and electronic devices were seized from the premises of the suspects”, official sources said adding that further investigation of the case was on.

In February 2019, the Centre had banned the JeI for five years under anti-terror laws on grounds that it was “in close touch” with militant outfits and was expected to “escalate secessionist movement” in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

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.

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