Jammu and Kashmir: NIA raids 7 locations in Pulwama, arrests JeI OGWs


The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday conducted raids in Central and South Kashmir. On June 20, the premier investigating agency raided seven locations in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district and arrested four overground workers (OGWs) of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) terror outfit. A series of searches were conducted in the case of firing on security forces by terrorists in Chewa Kalan of Pulwama.

The arrested JeI OGWs have been identified as Sahil Ahmed Khan, Jehangir Ahmed Dar, Shahid Ahmed Shergojri and Inayat Gulzar Bhat. All the arrested Jaish-e-Mohammed accomplices are residents of Pulwama district.

“The four arrested accused had given shelter to JeI terrorists operating in South Kashmir and arranged transportation and logistics for them. They are also involved in radicalizing influential local youth and motivating them to join terror groups,” an official said.

The matter was in relation to JeI’s terrorist activities in South Kashmir during which two terrorists were gunned down by security forces in an encounter at Chewa Kalan, Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir on March 11, 2022. The slain terrorists were later identified as Aaqib Mushtaq Bhat of Pulwama and Kamal Bhai of Pakistan. The case was originally registered at Police Station, Pulwama under FIR No. 50/2022 dated March 11 and was later taken over by the NIA on April 8.

Giving details of the raids, the NIA said that the case pertains to the activities of JeI members who are collecting money domestically and abroad, especially through donations in the form of Zakat, Mouda and Bait-ul-Mal. are allegedly for further charity and other welfare activities, but are using the collected money for violent and separatist activities.

The funds being raised by JeI are also routed through a well-organized network of JeI cadres to banned terrorist organizations such as Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and others. The probe agency said it is also motivating the youth of Kashmir and recruiting new members (rukun) in Jammu and Kashmir to take part in disruptive separatist activities.

On June 16, the NIA had raided six places in Baramulla, Budgam and Srinagar districts in connection with the Jamaat-e-Islami terror funding case.


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