Kashmir’s State Investigating Agency has started sealing properties belonging to banned group Jamaat-e-Islami beginning with Shopian district.
Over 200 properties spread across Kashmir bought in the name of Jamaat-e-Islami ( not counting for the Benami property owned by the organisation) have been identified.
Conservative estimate of the total valuation is approximately 800 crore worth of land holdings. Properties were bought in the name of core Jamaat members and office bearers.
Investigation was part of a tedious month long thorough search of the Revenue department records.
It is speculated that high profile property holdings include Hurriyat’s Hyderpora office that is also the residence of Late SAR Geelani.
SIA has identified nine properties worth 35 crore in Shopian alone.
Shopian is the district with maximum Jamat penetration, alone. Some of these properties are lands while others have houses on them as well.
SIA submitted evidence before the District Magistrate of Shopian. The DM has banned the JeI from entering or using these nine properties under section 8 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), informed a notification released by Shopian District Magistrate.
“We have preliminarily identified hundreds of properties purchased or acquired by JeI worth hundreds of crores of Rupees,” SIA said.
“To choke the availability of funds for secessionist activities and to dismantle the ecosystem of anti national elements & terror networks hostile to India’s sovereignty, following properties belonging / held by banned JeI J&K in District Shopian of South Kashmir have been notified by District Magistrate Shopian vide Notification No. DCS/ARA/2022 /467-73 dated 07/11/22 followed by administrative order No DCS/ARA/474-80 dated 09/11/22 in exercise of power conferred by section 8 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 & Notification No. 14017/7/2019 dated 28- February- 2019 of union Ministry of Home Affairs,” read the notification issued by the DM.
Shopian properties of JEI are the first to be notified in a series of properties belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami in other districts of J&K.
According to the notification the seized properties include –
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.
Pertinently, SIA has identified as many as 188 JeI properties across UT of J&K which are to be notified during the further course of action to be undertaken . These are as a result of investigation of case FIR number 17 of 2019 U/S 10,11 & 13 of police station Batmaloo being investigated by SIA.
The worth of the property mentioned is as per circle office rate. Real market value is 40-50% more than that.