Srinagar- The district authorities in South Kashmir’s Anantnag on Sunday sealed at least 11 properties worth Rs 90 crore belonging to the banned Jama’at-e-Islami (JeI).
The properties, including land, houses and shopping complex were notified and subsequently confiscated on the directions of the District Magistrate Anantnag, after a recommendation was made to the court by State Investigation Agency (SIA), a spokesperson of the investigative agency said Saturday.
The action, he said, was to choke the availability of funds for secessionist activities and to dismantle the ecosystem of anti-national elements and terror networks hostile to India’s sovereignty.
The spokesperson said that the premises/structures have been barred and entry and usage has been prohibited.
“Besides “Red entry” to this effect has been made in the relevant revenue records” he said.
The properties, the SIA spokesperson said, included a residential house in Bijbehara, and orchard measuring 30 kanal and 1 marla in village Rakhi Moman, Shopping complex and Kuthar in Arwani, Commercial cum residential structure two storied building along with two shops in Jablipora, double storey residential house in east Mattan, land measuring 7 marla & 1 sarsai in Anantnag, under construction seven shops and 44 rooms in Srigufwara, two storey non functional building in Hakoora, Gair Mumkin Kuthar in Shangus, besides two more patches of land measuring 16 marla & 7 sarsai, 6 Kanal & 10 Marla in Anantnag.
The immovable assets sealed in Anantnag, he said, are the 2nd set of properties to be notified in a series of properties belonging to Jama’at in other districts of J&K.
“This has a lot of significance vis-à-vis Jamaat activities. This will end up in crescendo, as the fight against terror networks, unlawful association’s progresses. The action would uproot the menace of terror funding to a great extent in UT of J&K besides being a stepping stone in ensuring rule of law & a society without fear,” the SIA spokesperson said.
The agency, he said, has identified as many as 188 JeI properties across J&K and will be notified during the further course of action to be undertaken.
“These are as a result of investigation of case FIR number 17 of 2019 U/S 10, 11 & 13 of police station Batmaloo being investigated by SIA. SIA has preliminarily identified numerous properties purchased or acquired by JeI worth hundreds of crores of rupees,” the spokesperson said.
“In the 2nd phase, after verification on ground, SIA choose district Anantnag, the district with maximum Jamaat penetration and after confirming that eleven different landed and in some cases land-Cum-house properties are indeed under JeI ownership or control, SIA submitted evidence before the District Magistrate of Anantnag who has expelled the JeI from entering or using these eleven properties under section 8 of UAPA,” he added.
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