J&K Admn To Seal More Jamaat-e-Islami Buildings Including Syed Ali Geelani’s House

This is the latest crackdown on properties owned by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. Over two dozen properties of terrorists have been seized lately.

Representative photograph of Jammu and Kashmir Police

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday ordered to seal three more properties of the banned Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), including a residential house  in the name of late Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani.

Srinagar District Magistrate Mohammad Aijaz issued an order on Monday that the three properties owned or possessed by the banned JeI are to be notified under the Unwanted Activities (Prevention) Act — UAPA, according to officials. 

This is the latest in the crackdown of JeI properties in Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier on Saturday, the J&K State Investigation Agency (SIA) attached 11 properties of Jamaat-e-Islami in Kashmir Valley. Of the 11 properties, three were attached in Baramulla, two in Kupwara, one in Baramulla, and five in Ganderbal.

The SIA statement said, “SIA has unearthed further assets of banned Jamat-e-Islami throughout JK worth hundreds of crores of INR. On 17,12,2022 in District Baramulla, Bandipora, Ganderbal and Kupwara, properties at about a dozen locations worth INR hundred crores approximately after being notified by DM Baramulla, Bandipora, Ganderbal and Kupwara on the recommendation of SIA JK, have been barred with restrictions on usage and entry. 

“To choke the availability of funds for secessionist activities and to dismantle the ecosystem of anti-national elements and (militant) networks hostile to India’s sovereignty, (eleven more properties) held by banned JeI JK at (the four) districts have been notified by concerned District Magistrates in exercise of the powers 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.”

The premises and structures have been barred and entry and usage have been prohibited, reads the notification.

On November 26, at least 11 properties belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami were notified and subsequently confiscated by District Magistrate of Anantnag after a recommendation was made to the court by SIA.

In Jammu, on November 17, the property of absconding Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Abdul Rashid alias  Jhangir was seized by the authorities in Khanpura tehsil of Thathri in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir following a court order.

The police said Jhangir was a resident of Khanpura Tehsil in Phagsoo and he joined militancy and went to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) in 1993 to get arms training with the intention to carry out subversive activities.

The police further said, “After getting arms training in PAK/POK, he infiltrated and remained active in terror related activities in District Doda. He along with other dreaded and hardcore terrorists was found involved in [a] number of terrorist attacks on civilians/security forces and other terrorist incidents of arson, blasts, etc in the region. Apart from that, a number of youths of District Doda were instigated and recruited by him to join militancy in the nineties.

“Absconder Abdul Rashid @ Jhangir was involved in heinous terror related incidents while he was active in terror related activities in District Doda.”

The police said he was declared as absconder and subsequently as proclaimed offender by the order of the Court. 

“His warrant of attachment of property was forwarded by SSP Doda and consequently a team was constituted by District Magistrate Doda to execute the Court order and property of the absconder (land measuring 04 Kanals and 2½ Marlas) situated at village Khanpura Tehsil Pgahsoo (Thathri) was attached by a joint team of Revenue and Police U/S 83(4) of CrPC 1973 (earlier section 88) (04) Cr.PC,” said the police.

The police said they are "in process of initiating proceedings under section 82/83 CrPC against other local terrorists who have remained involved in terror related activities in District Doda during militancy in the past and presently in PAK/POK wherefrom they are now alluring the local youths of the District through virtual mode/social media to join terror fold and revive militancy in District Doda."