The house of jailed Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah in Srinagar was provisionally attached by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a terror financing case.
ED officials said that the action has been taken under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002.
Shah was actively involved in fuelling unrest in the Kashmir valley, the ED investigation has found.
“ED has provisionally attached an immovable property situated at Barzulla, Srinagar of the value of ₹21.80 lakhs in the name of Shabir Ahmad Shah, son of Gulam Mohd Shah under PMLA,” an ED spokesperson said.
Shah was arrested by the agency in a money laundering case in 2017. He is currently lodged in the Tihar jail of Delhi.
This is not the first time that the property of any separatist leader has been attached. Earlier, the residential house of incarcerated Dukhatar-e-Milat chief Syeda Aasiya Andrabi was also seized in Soura on the outskirts of Srinagar city.
The ED investigation was launched based on an FIR against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed and some others under provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in May, 2017.
Shah encourage and funded stone-pelting, processions, protests, bandhs, hartals and other subversive activities in the Valley, the agency said.
“Shabir Ahmad Shah was involved in receiving funds from terrorist organisation Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) and other terrorist outfits based in Pakistan through hawala and various other means and channels.”
It further said that Shah also received funds from the Pakistani government. “These funds were used for fuelling and supporting militant activities in the Kashmir valley,” it added.
During the course of the investigation, an immovable property worth ₹21.80 lakhs owned in the name of Shabir Ahmad Shah was identified and the same has been provisionally attached under the provisions of India’s stringent anti-money laundering law, it concluded.