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NIA Cracks Down on Banned Jamaat-e-Islami Terror Funding and Militant Conspiracy in J&K: Multiple Locations Searched

20-05-2023 : Officials stated that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) searched extensively at 15 different places in many districts of Jammu and Kashmir to look into two cases of terrorism.

NIA teams searched in seven districts around the union territory with the aid of the J&K Police and Central Reserve Police Force. The operations were concentrated on people linked to the outlawed Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) organization who were thought to be involved in financing terrorism and militant plots carried out by outlawed militant groups and their affiliates.

The NIA’s searches also targeted the J&K Terror Funding Case, a case initiated by the agency on February 5, 2021. During the operations, a significant amount of incriminating documents and digital devices were seized. These pieces of evidence are currently being examined to establish further connections and links to the suspects.

The NIA’s raids are part of their ongoing efforts to dismantle the support systems for terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. The terror funding case specifically pertains to JeI’s alleged collection of funds under the guise of charitable purposes, which were then diverted to support terrorist activities conducted by banned organizations like Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Previously, the NIA had filed charges against four individuals involved in the organized activities of these terrorist outfits in J&K. Furthermore, on June 21, 2022, the NIA registered another case targeting various banned terrorist organizations and their newly formed affiliates.

This particular case focuses on the physical and cyber conspiracies plotted by these outfits to carry out violent terrorist attacks in J&K, utilizing sticky bombs, IEDs, and small arms. The banned organizations and their affiliates have been engaged in radicalizing local youth, mobilizing overground workers, and striving to disrupt the peace and communal harmony in Jammu and Kashmir.

The NIA has been swift in taking action against the recently formed affiliates of banned terrorist organizations, including LeT, HUM, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Al-Badr, and Al-Qaeda. Among the affiliates currently under NIA scrutiny are The Resistance Front (TRF), United Liberation Front Jammu & Kashmir (ULFJ&K), Mujahideen Gazwat-ul-Hind (MGH), Jammu & Kashmir Freedom Fighters (JKFF), Kashmir Tigers, and PAAF.

Investigations, according to the NIA, have shown that members and employees of these organisations are involved in a variety of operations, including the gathering and distribution of cash, sticky bombs/magnetic explosives, IEDs, drugs, firearms, and ammunition. In Jammu and Kashmir, they have also been connected to spreading terror, bloodshed, and subversive actions.