SRINAGAR: National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday conducted searches at multiple locations in Jammu and Kashmir and arrested one person in the case related to suspect funding activities of Al Huda Educational Trust (AHET), Rajouri J&K
In a statement issued to The Dispatch, NIA said it conducted searches in 18 locations in Rajouri, Poonch, Jammu, Srinagar, Bandipora, Shopian, Pulwama and Budgam districts of UT of J&K and arrested Md. Ameer Shamshi r/o Rajouri, J&K in the case related to criminal activities of AHET, Rajouri, J&K under ( RC-07/2022/ NIA/ JMU).
“Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI)J&K, after being declared as an ‘unlawful association’ under UA(P)Act, has been continuing its activities through its frontal organisations. One such organisation is Al Huda Educational Trust( AHET) of district Rajouri. AHUT has been found raising funds through various means, including donations, hawala etc purportedly for charitable purposes, but are instead using these funds to radicalise and incite the youth of J&K for unlawful activities and disrupt the territorial integrity and sovereignty of India. NIA had suo-moto registered the case on 03.09.2022”, the statement reads.
Investigations have revealed that the arrested accused Md. Ameer Shamshi is the Chairperson (Nizam-e-ala) of AHET and acts on the directions of the Chief Patron of the Trust. Investigations have also revealed that the ex-officio Chief Patron of AHET is the Ameer-e-Jamaat, JeI (J&K). The trust has continued to raise funds even after the declaration of JEI, J&K as an ‘unlawful association’. Suspect links with other NGOs and trusts operating in the Kashmir valley have also emerged during investigations, the statement added.
During the searches conducted, several mobile devices and documents related to funding, properties etc have been seized. Further investigations in the case are in progress, it reads.