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Jammu-Kashmir News: Action on banned Jamaat-e-Islami in Kashmir, property worth Rs 90 crore seized

Jammu And Kashmir News: The government has started cracking down on the banned Islamic group Jamaat-e-Islami. Eleven prime properties of the group, worth about Rs 90 crore, have been attached in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

The operation is part of the ongoing crackdown on the group, which is accused of promoting radicalism, separatism and terrorist activities. The State Investigation Agency (SIA) has identified around 200 properties of the Jamaat in Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier 9 properties were attached

Earlier this month, the SIA in Shopian district notified and attached nine properties, including two school buildings, belonging to the banned group. The properties have been notified by the District Magistrate under the strict anti-terror law UAPA.

Officials said several places in Anantnag were raided on Saturday and formally seized after receiving an order from the District Magistrate of Anantnag. The agency has put up banners prohibiting entry and use at the notified property.

Jamaat-e-Islami is a political, religious organization

Jamaat-e-Islami is the biggest political-religious organization of Jammu and Kashmir. It had a vast network of schools and other social infrastructure before it was banned in 2019.

The Jamaat is accused of supporting terrorism and was the ideological mentor of Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest indigenous terrorist group in Kashmir in the 1990s.

Officials say the assets identified by the SIA are worth hundreds of crores of rupees and are located in almost every district of Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier, the SIA said the seizure of these assets would block the availability of funds for separatist activities and dismantle the ecosystem of anti-national elements and terror networks hostile to India’s sovereignty.

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