Marhama land grab case | Newly constituted SIA carries out raids

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Srinagar: The newly formed State Investigation Agency on Wednesday carried out raids at 16 different locations in south and central Kashmir related to JeI’s land grab case.

“On the basis of intelligence inputs and refined through a preliminary enquiry by the counter intelligence wing of CID of J&K police, the newly constituted State Investigation Agency today carried out house searches of several members of the managing body of “Jamaiat- us-Saulihat” in Marhama,” an official statement said.

“ Search of the main premises of the seminary was also undertaken.”

“The searches conducted under the authority of warrants issued by the court of law based on prima facie allegations that under a criminal conspiracy with the officials of the revenue department some Jamaat-e- Islami members using the direct and indirect influence they have because of their deep connections with the separatist and terrorist outfits especially Hizbul Mujahideen, managed to deviously manipulate and forge revenue records where under a patch of common community Kahchariae land measuring 35 Kanals under Survey No.4683- Min, situated at Marhama,Tehsil Bijbehara was illegally and fraudulently transferred to “Jamaiat-us-Saulihat” in Marhama with the dishonest intention of bestowing proprietary rights to the institution in complete violation of the law on the subject which expressly prohibits transfer ownership of any community land to a private entity,” the statement said.

Officials said the legal action was taken subsequent to registration and investigation of case FIR No.14/2021 U/S 468, 467, 120-B IPC, 13, 38 UA (P) Act of P/S Counter Intelligence Kashmir at Srinagar. “The officers of State Investigation Agency today, on 15-12-2021 conducted searches at 16 different locations falling in District Anantnag and Pulwama of south Kashmir, and Bagh-e- Mehtab of Srinagar of Central Kashmir,” the statement said. “The houses of the suspects / other locations were searched in compliance to the search warrant obtained from Hon’ble Court of Special Judge, Designated under NIA, Act Srinagar.”

“16 special teams had been constituted for conducting search simultaneously at these locations,” it said, adding that the search at every place was started at the first light of the day and could be completed only in the late afternoon. “Incriminating material such as documents, records, electronic gadgets having specific evidentiary value and bearing on the instant case were seized in the presence of the Executive Magistrates and other independent witnesses.”

“Police Station Counter Intelligence Kashmir, Srinagar has registered the case on receipt of information through reliable sources that the suspected persons have made illegal and fraudulent entries in the revenue records for transferring Kahcharie land to Jamaiat-us-Saulihat Marhama illegally and fraudulently.”

“Besides, they have also aided and abetted the terrorists of various outfits to carry out terrorist and unlawful activities and cause large scale violence and unrest in J&K particularly, the Marhama area, which has seen a rise in terrorist and others secessionist activities. The investigation is also looking into the allegations that funds have been raised by the said institute by different ways for furtherance of terrorist activities,” the statement said.

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