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NIA Searches Premises of Office Bearers of Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) in Terror Funding Case

The JeI, Kashmir has been banned under UAPA since 2019

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Raju Vernekar
Raju Vernekar
Raju Vermekar is a senior Mumbai-based journalist who have worked with many daily newspapers. Raju contributes on versatile topics.

INDIA. Mumbai: In connection with a case involving Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), Kashmir, and the sponsorship of terrorism, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) conducted searches at six locations on Thursday in the Jammu and Kashmir districts of Baramullah, Budgam, and Srinagar.

The raids were conducted in connection with the case (RC 03/2021 (NIA/DLI) registered against Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) on charges of funding terrorist organizations.

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The case pertained to the activities of the members of Jel who have been collective funds domestically and abroad through donations, particularly in the form of Zakat, Mowda, and Bait-ul-Mal purportedly to further charity and other welfare activities.

But in fact, the JeI members have been using the money collected from the public, for violent and secessionist activities.

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The funds being raised by JeI are also channelized to proscribed terrorist organizations such as Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and others through well-organized networks of JeI cadres, the NIA statement said.

JeI has also been motivating the impressionable youth of Kashmir and recruiting new members (Rukuns) in J & K to participate in disruptive secessionist activities. The case was registered by NIA suo-moto on February 05, 2021.

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During the searches conducted at the premises of office bearers and members of JeI, various incriminating documents and electronic devices were seized.

Jamaat-e-Islami, Jammu, and Kashmir have been banned for five years in 2019 on grounds that it was “in close touch” with terror outfits. The Union government had on February 28, 2019, issued a notification under section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act 2008 (UAPA), stating that the JeI is an “unlawful organization” and the ban has been invoked with “immediate effect”.

On September 2, 2019, a tribunal headed by a Delhi High Court judge under UAPA confirmed the Union government’s decision to impose a ban on the JeI (J&K), for five years for its active support of terror and secessionist activities in the country.

The JeI was founded by renowned theologian Abul A’la Maududi in 1941 to promote Islamic teachings, as well as to achieve socio-structural changes in society. After the partition, the group split into Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.

In 1952, following differences with the parent body Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, over political ideology and the Kashmir issue, JeI (J&K) came into existence.

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  • Raju Vernekar

    Raju Vermekar is a senior Mumbai-based journalist who have worked with many daily newspapers. Raju contributes on versatile topics.

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