ED attaches Shabir Shah’s house

ED attaches Shabir Shah’s house

Srinagar: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday provisionally attached the house of jailed Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002, the agency said.
Shah’s property at Botshah Colony in Srinagar, valued at Rs 21.80 lakh, was attached after ED investigation revealed that he was “actively involved in activities fuelling unrest in the Kashmir Valley”.
A spokesperson for the agency said the ED initiated money laundering investigation on the basis of a FIR dated May 30, 2017 against Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and others under the IPC and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967.
“During investigation, it was revealed that Shabir Shah was actively involved in the activities of fuelling unrest in Kashmir Valley by way of stone pelting, processions, protests, bandhs, hartals and other subversive activities,” the spokesperson said.
“Further, investigation under PMLA revealed that Shabir Shah was involved in receiving funds from terrorist organisation Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and other terrorists outfits based in Pakistan as well as from the Pakistani establishment through hawala and various other means and channels and these funds were then being used for fuelling and supporting militant activities in the Kashmir valley,” it added.
“During investigation, an immovable property worth Rs. 21.80 lakhs owned in the name of Shabir Ahmad Shah was identified and the same has been provisionally attached under PMLA,” the ED said.
Shah was arrested in 2017 and is currently lodged in Tihar jail.
A family source of Shah said they have not received any notice from ED. “Whatever we have learned so far is from the media,” a relative said. “The property which is mentioned belonged to him (Shah) and was purchased in early 1990’s. The ED case against Shah is only recent.”
This is not the first time that property of a separatist leader has been seized. Earlier, the National Investigation Agency attached the residential house of jailed banned Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Aasiya Andrabi in Soura, Srinagar.
The ED in 2019 attached assets worth Rs 1.73 crore of Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali in connection with a case of terror funding and money laundering.
UNI

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