Srinagar: In a major development, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) carried out raids at 15 locations across Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday and seized over Rs 20 lakh as part of its crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) in the terror funding case.
The agency, in coordination with central and state and security forces, reached the premises of a number of suspects across the Union Territory. While a team of officials reached five locations in Srinagar, other teams reached at three locations in Budgam, two in Kulgam, one in Anantnag, and four in Jammu districts.
During raids, the agency also seized a several documents and digital devices linked to the the outfit its trusts linked to it. Earlier, the agency had registered the case on February 5, 2021.
‘JeI continue to promote terrorism even after ban’
According to NIA officials, investigations so far have suggested that JeI and its members continue to encourage promoting terrorism and and other unlawful activities activities in the region after JeI was banned in February 2019 under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, news agency ANI reported.
Officials further said that the banned organisation had been collecting funds receiving donations from across the country and abroad. They added that funds were collected by JeI through Mowda Bait-ul-Mal, Zakat, in the garb of promoting charity as well as other welfare activities, including education, and health. However, the funds had been used for carrying out violent and other illegal activities.
The agency further added that funds were also channelled through other banned organisations like Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) etc. The JeI was also engaged in encouraging the youth of the Union Territory and recruiting them in its organisation to further its illegal activities.