Funding Case: ED attaches 13 assets in JK

Funding Case: ED attaches 13 assets in JK

New Delhi, Mar 19: The Enforcement Directorate Tuesday said it has attached 13 assets located in Jammu and Kashmir in a financing case against Syed Salahuddin, the chief of the globally banned outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.
The central probe agency issued a provisional order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to attach the properties worth Rs 1.22 crore, which it said belonged to one Mohammad Shafi Shah, a resident of Bandipora, and six other residents of the state who allegedly worked for the militant outfit.
The ED said it filed a criminal case of money laundering in this instance after taking cognisance of a charge sheet filed against Salahuddin, Shah and others under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Action (UAPA).
“Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, the most active militant outfit in Kashmir, has been responsible for funding militants and secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir. Headed by Syed Salahuddin, it funds militancy on Indian soil through monies organised by a trust called JKART (Jammu and Kashmir Affectees Relief Trust) in alleged connivance with ISI and other Pakistan-based entities,” the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said in a statement.
It said probe found that “terror funds” were being sent to India through hawala and other channels.
Shah is lodged in the Tihar jail in the national capital in connection with an alleged militancy funding case, it said.