J&K: NIA raids 56 locations linked with Jamaat-e-Islami in a day

Jammu and Kashmir: The National Investigation Agency or NIA raided 56 locations of Jammu and Kashmir in connection with a terror-funding case. The raids commenced in 14 of 20 districts in a single day after the prod from the Union Home Ministry.

NIA officials have seized heaps of documents, and digital devices from the location thought to be having evidence of the funding charges.

The Jammu And Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officials were also part of the raid, conducted on Sunday.

NIA Raids Jamaat-e-Islami Properties In Both Valley And Jammu

The raids on the premises of banned Kashmiri outfit Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) concerned the alleged separatist and secessionist activities case, filed by NIA on 5 February.

The investigating agency spokesperson said that members of the Jamaat-e-Islami have been collecting funds in the name of charity and welfare activities through an extensive network of ground cadres. JEL then channelized the funds to terrorist organizations like the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba, the official said to a news agency.

The raided properties were Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwara, Pulwama, Kulgam in the Valley. In Jammu, houses and offices of banned outfits members in Doda, Kishtwar, Rajouri, and other districts caught the raid ball. Apart from residences, various offices allegedly managed and handled by the trust were also raided by the agency.

NIA raids District Head of JeI

Earlier, the National Investigation Agency had conducted raids at 40 different locations on similar charges across the state. However, the officials were tight-lipped when asked to share the details of the raids conducted.

The officers also raided the premises of Gul Mohammad War, the district head of the outfit. They have also raided the Falah-e-Aam Trust, owned by JeM in the outskirts of Srinagar. 

The officials have said that the raids are in connection with funding sources of the banned outfit. In recent days, the agency has raided various places and arrested a few people on similar charges.

The Effect Of these Raids

Kashmir was an independent kingdom when annexed to India after independence through a crooked policy. It has caused a major or even bigger cry among the people. And have led to the demand for independent statesmanship across the valley. The people who took to the streets to voice their wishes were subsequently crushed and forced to stop by the Indian administration. 

The Indian government left their army there to control this growing demand who carried military operations across the state. The latest blow came with the abrogation of Article 370. 

These people were named terrorists aided by their most talked about support from banned terrorist outfits in Pakistan. These have fueled the citizens to take up guns and fight the administration against their annexed rule and objectionable military rule. The Indian government now vows to crack down on these terrorist groups and ban them.

As a result, when the country was lauding Neeraj Chopra for winning gold in the Olympics, the largest native English Daily did not even carry a story. It is unlikely that the editor will even call his reporters for missing the coverage.

Lt. Governor Sinha says, no mercy for terrorists

Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha has said that his administration will not have any mercy for the terrorists or their supporters.

While attending an event in Kund, he further asserted that the J&K administration is committed to promoting peace and a culture of progress in the region. It will take initiatives to strengthen youth development.

He visited a function at Kulgam district where a police officer Nisar Ahmad lost his life in an encounter on 7 August. He took to Twitter to say, ‘Today visited Kulgam; Paid tributes to martyr Nisar Ahmad for his supreme sacrifice in yesterday’s terror attack. The entire J&K administration stands in solidarity with the bereaved family & every possible support will be extended.’  

Jamaat-e-Islami Banned By India

Jamaat-e-Islami was banned by the central government in February 2019 under the anti-terror laws for five years. The government claimed that JeI was in close touch with the terrorist groups and expected to accelerate secessionist movement across the state.

After the Pulwama incident, during the intervening night of 22 and 23 February, the police had carried out a crackdown on the Jamaat cadre and arrested 100 across the valley, including its chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz and advocate Zahid Ali (spokesperson), Business Standard reported.

According to Hindustan Times, the agency had filed a case against Jamaat-e-Islami for involvement in terror activities at the behest of Pakistan in March 2021.

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