Terror funding case: NIA raids across Kashmir, targets Jamaat-e-Islami
The National Investigation Agency on Wednesday morning carried out raids at multiple locations in Kashmir Valley.
The National Investigation Agency on Wednesday morning carried out raids at multiple locations in Kashmir Valley. The raids are being carried out against members of the banned organisation Jamaat-e-Islami. Those raided by the NIA include former state government employees.
The NIA has stepped up the crackdown upon alleged terror associates for the last few weeks. This is after a spate of civilian killings in Kashmir. Agency sources said that the raids are also happening in parts of central and south Kashmir. Besides the Qazigund area of South Kashmir, NIA sleuths have also carried out raids in Bandipora, Ganderbal and Shopian districts.
Sources said that the agency is probing Jamaat-e-Islami's funding towards the educational institutions being operated by the group in the Kashmir Valley. The FIR was already registered with the NIA, but the raids happened today. Among those who were raided include staff of a non-government organisation run by the banned political organisation in the Kashmir Valley.
Others who are under the scanner of NIA officials include retired government employees, local businessmen, sources said, adding that the raid will continue throughout the day. The Jamaat-e-Islami was banned by the central government in February 2019 for links with terrorist organisations and for supporting the secessionist movement in the erstwhile state.
According to unofficial estimates, the anti-terror agency has conducted around 130 raids across Jammu and Kashmir in the past four months. Ever since the civilian killings, the NIA has been identifying and arresting overground workers with links to terrorist networks. In this regard, the J&K administration has been building dossiers on individuals suspected of secessionist activities over a period of time.