SRINAGAR: The State Investigation Agency (SIA) of Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday sealed 20 shops in the Kupwara district of north Kashmir.
Acting on the orders of the district magistrate, the SIA took action to seal the shops, which were identified as part of a shopping complex owned by the Jama’at-e-Islami and designated as an unlawful association.
“To choke the availability of funds for secessionist activities and to dismantle the ecosystem of anti-national elements & militant networks hostile to India’s national security, sovereignty, integrity and unity, property belonging to and held by banned JeI at Kupwara has been notified by concerned District Magistrates’ in exercise of the powers conferred under section 8 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 & Notification No. 14017/7/2019, dated 28- February- 2019 of Union Ministry of Home Affairs”, reads a statement.
“The property is a shopping complex comprising 20 shops along with appurtenant land falling under survey number 2990/2666/270 and survey number 3551/2979/263 has been sealed and entry / usage barred has been prohibited, reads the notification. Additionally “Red entry” to this effect has been made in the relevant revenue records. With this SIA Kashmir has got 57 properties of JeI notified till date”, reads the statement.
“The action, it is expected, would significantly dent militant funding in J&K besides being another major step in restoring rule of law & a society without fear.”
“Pertinently, SIA has identified as many as 188 JeI properties across the UT of J&K which have either been notified or are under the process of being notified for further legal action. 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”, reads the statement further.