The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday held raids against barred Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) members in the Kashmir valley for the second day in relation with a terror funding case, officials said. NIA detectives, along with police and the CRPF, performed searches at five spots in Bandipora district of north Kashmir, a day after it executed raids at 56 locations in all the 10 districts of Kashmir and four districts of Jammu province Ramban, Kishtwar, Doda and Rajouri.
The raids on the premises of office-bearers of the forbidden association, its members and also the offices of trusts supposedly run by the JeI were conducted more than two years after the socio-political and religious group was forbidden by the Centre under anti-terror laws. In February 2019, the Centre barred the JeI for five years under anti-terror laws on the basis that it was “in close touch” with militant organizations and was expected to “increase secessionist movement” in the erstwhile state.
A notification prohibiting the group under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act was published by the Ministry of Home Affairs after a high-level meeting on security held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hundreds of JeI activists were seized in a major crackdown across Jammu and Kashmir following the proscription, which came just months ahead of the repeal of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, and its bifurcation into two union territories in August 2019.
The NIA said a case was logged on February 5, 2021 in execution of an order from the Ministry of Home Affairs relating to separatist and secessionist activities of JeI, an unlawful association under the UA(P) Act, even after its banning on February 28, 2019. It said the members of the outfits have been collecting funds domestically and abroad through donations especially in the form of Zakat, Mowda and Bait-ul-Mal’ allegedly to further charity and other welfare activities but these funds are instead being used for violent and secessionist performances.
“The funds aggregated by JeI are also being channelised to ban terrorist outfits such as Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and others through well arranged networks of JeI cadres. JeI has also been encouraging impressionable youth of Kashmir and recruiting new members (Rukuns) in J&K to participate in disruptive secessionist performances,” an NIA spokesperson said on Sunday.