NIA raids 16 locations in J&K in Jamaat funding case

New Delhi, May 04 (KNS): The National Investigation Agency on Thursday conducted searches at 16 locations in Jammu and Kashmir in a case related to banned group Jamaat-e-Islami 
According to a statement, JeI has been found carrying out terror funding activities in Jammu and Kashmir even after being declared an unlawful association under the UA(P) Act in 2019. 

“NIA had filed a chargesheet in the case (RC-03/2021/NIA/DLI) in Special Court, Patiala House, New Delhi, on 12 May 2022 against four accused. It had earlier registered a suo motu case in the matter on 5th February 2021,” reads the statement. 
It reads searches were conducted today at the premises of JeI members and supporters at 16 locations including 11 in district Baramulla in and the remaining 5 located in district Kishtwar.

“Several incriminating materials and digital devices were seized during the searches and were being examined for more clues in the case.”
It added that NIA investigations so far have revealed that JeI members had been collecting funds domestically and from abroad through donations, particularly in the form of zakat, mowda and bait-ul-mal, as well as for purported charitable purposes, such as promotion of education and health. 

“The funds were instead being used for violent and secessionist activities in J&K. They were also being channelled to proscribed terrorist organisations, such as Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and others through well organised networks of JeI cadres.” 
It reads further, as per the investigations, JeI was also engaged in motivating impressionable youth of Kashmir and recruiting new members in J&K for carrying out violent, disruptive and secessionist activities.
“Previous investigations by the NIA had revealed that one of the four arrested accused, identified as Javaid Ahmad Lone, had been soliciting funds and organising meetings in the name of JeI, J&K. He had been delivering hateful anti-India speeches and exhorting people to make donations at these meetings.”

It reads along with Aadil Ahmad Lone, he had also acquired firearms and ammunition with ulterior motives from the other two accused, identified as Manzoor Ahmad Dar and Rameez Ahmad Kondu. (KNS)

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