New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on August 8 raided several locations spread over 14 districts in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with a terror funding case in the Union Territory. Premises of some senior members of banned Jamaat-e-Islami are also being searched.
Today’s raids are part of a massive crackdown by the investigation agency against separatists and terrorists asserting themselves in the region. This is third major operation by the NIA in last one month.
Sources said the case was registered by the NIA against Jamaat activists and office bearers early this year, for allegedly supporting terror activities at the behest of Pakistan. The organisation was banned by the central government in 2019 after the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
The raids, assisted by J&K Police and CRPF, are being conducted across Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Rajouri districts in Jammu division, besides a number of places in Kashmir, including Anantnag and Shopian districts, sources said.
Last month, in a Home Ministry review there was a discussion about the growing influence of Jamaat-e-Islami, an outfit that was banned in 2019.
Home Minister Amit Shah had asked security forces to take action in order to stop radicalisation of youth.
On July 10, the investigating agency had arrested six people from across Jammu and Kashmir in connection with a terror funding case.
The raids came a day after eleven employees of the J&K government were sacked for having terror links. Among those dismissed were two sons of terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen founder Syed Salahudin.
A Delhi Court had earlier ordered the framing of charges against four alleged Hizb-ul-Mujahideen terrorists observing prima facie evidence against them for receiving funds from Pakistan to plot terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.