NIA raids at 15 places in J&K in JeI terror funding case

Security personnel during raid at a house by the NIA on Saturday.
Security personnel during raid at a house by the NIA on Saturday.

Fayaz Bukhari
JAMMU/SRINAGAR, Feb 10: National Investigation Agency (NIA) today conducted raids at 15 locations across Jammu and Kashmir as part of its crackdown on the proscribed Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) in a terror funding case, an official said.

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The raids in the twin capitals of Srinagar and Jammu along with Budgam in central and Kulgam and Anantnag in south Kashmir led to the seizure of incriminating documents and digital devices connected with the activities of JeI and its related Trusts and more than Rs 20 lakh, a spokesperson of the federal agency said.
However, official sources said two persons were also detained in Jammu for questioning during the raids targeting a private school and its functionaries including chairman at Bagh-e-Bahu and Belicharana.
The NIA raided the residence of Dr Shabir Hussain son of Ghulam Hussan, a resident of Bandari Mohalla in Kishtwar, presently putting up at Shahabad Colony in Bagh-e-Bahu area. It also carried out search at the residence of Abdul Majeed Rather S/o Ghulam Qadir at Gujjar Basti, Belicharana.
Many items including study material, electronic gadgets etc were seized during the raids.
In Srinagar, the NIA teams along with Police and CRPF raided the house of Javid Ahmad Haroon son of Ghulam Mohammad Haroon of Al Farooq Colony Bemina early today and conducted searches of the house.
They also raided the houses of Mohammad Rafiq Wani son of Mohammad Sultan Wani of Nudreshi Colony Muslimabad Bemina working in Welfare Education Institute Bemina and house of Javed Hakeem son of Hakeem Ghulam Hassan at Iqbal Abad Bemina.
Three mobile phones, financial documents and identity card of Hakeem were seized. He was later taken to Rahat Manzil Yateem Trust where the receipts of the Trust have also been seized. He was asked to report to the NIA office in Srinagar soon after the raid was over.
The NIA also raided the house of Abdul Majeed Wani son of Ghulam Mohiuddin Wani of Balgarden, Srinagar.
The raids were also conducted at the house of Mohammad Iqbal Karada son of Ghulam Hassan Karada of Shahi Hamdani Lane Ahmad Nagar.
In Kulgam, house of Sheikh Ghulam Hassan son of Saifudin Sheikh of Tarigam and Sayar Ahmad Reshi son of Mohammad Ramazan Reshi of Kahrote were searched by the NIA.
They recovered incriminating documents during the raids.
They said the residences of former Jamaat chief Sheikh Ghulam Hassan and another leader, Sayar Ahmad Reshi, in Kulgam district were among those raided.
The Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir was banned by the Centre for five years in February 2019.
“The investigations in the case, registered on February 5, 2021, have so far revealed that JeI and its members have continued to promote terrorist and secessionist activities in J&K even after the outfit was proscribed under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in February 2019,” the spokesperson said.
The person added, “Operatives of the banned organisation had been collecting funds through donations from within India and abroad.”
The NIA said the funds were collected mainly in the form of ‘Zakat, Mowda and Bait-ul-Mal,’ purported to promote charity and other welfare activities, such as health and education, but were instead being used for carrying out violent and secessionist activities.
It was further found that the funds raised by JeI were also being channelled to other proscribed terrorist organisations, such as Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) through well organised networks of JeI cadres, the spokesperson said.
The official said JeI was also engaged in inciting impressionable youth and recruiting new members (Rukuns) in J&K to further its secessionist activities.
NIA had earlier charge sheeted four accused in the case, in which investigation is still on, the spokesperson said.