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NIA Searches in J&K in a Terror Funding Case

by | Oct 11, 2022 | India

The anti-terrorism probe agency NIA on Tuesday conducted searches at 18 locations in J&K in connection with charges of terror funding

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday conducted searches at 18 locations in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the allegations that a Rajouri-based organisation -Al Huda Educational Trust ( AHET) – was raising funds for radicalising and inciting youth of the Union Territory. The agency also arrested the chairman of the AHET following the searches.

An agency spokesperson said searches were conducted in Rajouri, Poonch, Jammu, Srinagar, Bandipora, Shopian, Pulwama and Budgam districts of the Union Territory.

The spokesperson added the Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), J&K after being declared as an ‘unlawful association’ under UA(P)Act, has been continuing its activities through its frontal organisations in the Union Territory. The agency alleged that one such organisation was the AHUT and it has been found raising funds through various means, including donations and hawala, purportedly for charitable purposes, but are instead using these funds to radicalise and incite the youth of J&K for unlawful activities, the spokesperson added.

The spokesperson further said the probe has revealed that arrested accused Mohammed Ameer Shamshi is the Chairperson (Nizam-e-ala) of AHET and acts on the directions of the Chief Patron of the Trust. Investigations have also revealed that the ex-officio Chief Patron of AHET is the Ameer-e-Jamaat, JeI (J&K). The trust has continued to raising funds even after the declaration of JEI, J&K as an ‘unlawful association’. Suspect links with other NGOs and trusts operating in the Kashmir valley have also emerged during investigations.

During the searches conducted, several mobile devices and documents related to funding, properties etc have been seized.

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