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More properties of banned Jamaat seized in Kashmir

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Continuing the crackdown on banned Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), the authorities have initiated the process to seize eleven properties belonging to the group in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The properties worth crores were notified by District Magistrate Anantnag and have been barred with restrictions on usage and entry on the recommendation of Jammu and Kashmir’s Special Investigation Agency- which has been probing a case registered in Police Station Batamaloo against the group .
Today, eleven properties, including residential houses belonging to JEI, were seized by the SIA in Anantnag . The properties belonging or held by banned JeI in Anantnag have been notified in exercise of powers conferred by section 8 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
“This has a lot of significance vis a vis Jamaat activities. This will end up in crescendo, as the fight against terror networks, unlawful association’s progresses,” the SIA said.

Anantnag properties of JEI are the second set of properties to be notified in a series of properties belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami in other districts of UT of J&K.
On November 10, nine properties, including two school buildings belonging to JEI, were seized by the SIA in Shopian

The SIA said the crackdonw on Jamaat is aimed to choke the availability of funds for secessionist activities and to dismantle the ecosystem of anti-national elements and terror networks hostile to India’s sovereignty.
“The action would uproot the menace of terror funding to a great extent in UT of J&K besides being a stepping stone in ensuring rule of law & a society without fear,” the SIA said
The agency said SIA has identified as many as 188 JeI properties across UT of J&K which will be notified during the further course of action to be undertaken.

Before the Jamaat was banned in 2019, it was the largest politico-religious organisation in Kashmir.

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