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NIA seizes cash, documents in Jammu and Kashmir search

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SRINAGAR: NIA announced on Saturday that it conducted extensive searches at multiple locations across Jammu & Kashmir — five in Srinagar, three in Budgam, two in Kulgam, one in Anantnag, and four in Jammu — as part of its crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) in a terror funding case, reports Saleem Pandit.

NIA teams seized incriminating documents and digital devices linked to activities of outlawed JeI and its related trusts in Jammu & Kashmir.

Operation also led to recovery of over Rs 20 lakh.

NIA’s spokesperson said investigations in the case, registered on Feb 5, 2021, unveiled that JeI and its members continued to promote terrorist and secessionist activities in Jammu & Kashmir even after it was proscribed under UAPA in Feb 2019.

Agency had previously charge-sheeted four accused people, with investigations still ongoing. Jamaat members were found to be collecting funds under guise of Zakat, Mowda, and Bait-ul-Mal, through donations from within India and abroad. Money collected under guise of Zakat, Mowda, and Bait-ul-Mal purportedly for charity and welfare activities were instead used for violent and secessionist activities, NIA said.

Funds raised by JeI were also channelled to other proscribed terrorist organisations, such as Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), through well-organised networks of JeI cadre. JeI was also involved in recruiting new members — called Rukuns — and motivating youth in J&K to further its nefarious and secessionist agendas.

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