11 properties of JeI worth crores attached in Kashmir

A property of JeI seized in Baramulla on Saturday. —Excelsior/Aabid Nabi
A property of JeI seized in Baramulla on Saturday. —Excelsior/Aabid Nabi

Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar, Dec 17 : Authorities today attached 11 properties of Jamat-e-Islami worth crores of rupees across Kashmir at the recommendations of State Investigation Agency (SIA).
The SIA said that three properties of the JeI were attached in Baramulla, two in Kupwara, one in Bandipoara and five in Ganderbal districts.

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“SIA has unearthed further assets of banned Jamat-e-Islami throughout UT of J&K worth hundreds of crores. Today on 17.12.2022 in Baramulla, Bandipora, Ganderbal and Kupwara districts, properties at about a dozen locations worth hundred crores of rupees approximately after being notified by DM Baramulla, Bandipora, Ganderbal and Kupwara on the recommendation of SIA J&K, have been barred with restrictions on usage and entry,” SIA said in the statement.
“To choke the availability of funds for secessionist activities and to dismantle the ecosystem of anti-national elements and (militant) networks hostile to India’s sovereignty, (eleven more properties) held by banned JeI J&K at (the four) districts have been notified by concerned District Magistrates in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 8 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 & Notification No. 14017/7/2019, dated 28- February- 2019 of Union Ministry of Home Affairs,” the statement said.
The premises and 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. During the seizure proceedings it was found that about two dozen business establishments in the towns of Kupwara and Kangan are currently running from these JeI properties on rent basis.
After due diligence, it was decided that these would be allowed to continue so that private persons who may not have any connections with JeI and are only tenants paying rent to JeI are not penalised and their livelihood not impaired.
The properties in district Baramulla include land measuring 01-Kanal and 12-Marla, land measuring 01-Kanal, land measuring 32-Kanal & 01 Marla; in district Kupwara, they include land measuring 03-Marla near Rehmat-Alam Public School, JeI office Kupwara (Single Storey tin roofed building) adjacent to Masjid Quwatul-Islam Kupwara; in district Bandipora they include land measuring 13 Marla in village Bandipora and in district Ganderbal they are single storey building constructed over land measuring 10-Marla in village Kangan, three storeyed shop constructed over land measuring 01-Marla and 7 Sirsai in village Kangan, land measuring 05-Kanal & 15 Marla in village Gadoora Ganderbal, abandoned double storey building constructed over land measuring 01-Kanal and 06 Marla in village Safapora Lar  and land measuring 18-Marla in village Kurhama.
It may be mentioned here that the SIA has identified 188 JeI properties across J&K which have either been notified or are under the process of being notified for further legal action.