SIA seizes more Jamaat properties across Kashmir

Srinagar:  Continuing its crackdown against banned Jamat-e-Islami (JeI), Jammu and Kashmir police’s Special Investigation Agency ( SIU) on Saturday seized the properties worth hundreds of crores of the political religious group.

The properties of Jamat were seized in Baramulla, Bandipora, Ganderbal and Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. They were seized after being notified by respective District Magistrates.

“These premises/ structures have been barred and entry and usage has been prohibited,” reads the notification. Besides “Red entry” to this effect has been made in the relevant revenue records,” the SIA said in a statement.

During the seizure proceedings it was found that about two dozen business establishments in the towns of Kupwara and Kangan are currently running from these JeI properties on rent basis.

“After due diligence, it was decided that these would be allowed to continue so that private persons who may not have any connections with JeI and are only tenants paying rent to JeI are not penalised and their livelihood not impaired,” the Agency said.

The properties worth hundred crores approximately have been notified by concerned District Magistrates in exercise of the powers conferred by section 8 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 & Notification No. 14017/7/2019, dated February, 28 2019 of Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

The properties seized on Saturday are the third set of properties to be notified in a series of properties belonging to Jamaat in J&K.

“The action would uproot the menace of terror funding to a great extent in UT of J&K besides being a stepping stone in ensuring rule of law & a society without fear,” the agency said.

The JeI, one of the largest cadre-based organisations of J&K, was banned by the union government in February 2019.
The SIA said it has identified 188 immovable assets of the JeI in Jammu and Kashmir and has undertaken the process to notify these properties.

“These are as a result of investigation of case FIR number 17 of 2019 U/S 10, 11 & 13 of police station Batamaloo being investigated by SIA,” the agency said.

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