By Special Correspondent
New Delhi, Oct 29 : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday continued searches in a ‘terror funding’ case at nine locations in Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi. The agency also raided the properties related to former Delhi Minority Commission chief Zafarul Islam Khan.
An NIA official privy to the investigation told IANS, the agency was carrying out searches at nine locations on the premises of six NGOs and Trusts in Srinagar and Delhi.
Offices of Falah-e-Aam Trust, Charity Alliance, Human Welfare Foundation, J&K Yateem Foundation, Salvation Movement and J&K Voice of Victims (JKVoV) were being raided by the anti-terror probe agency sleuths.
According to NIA sources, Charity Alliance and Human Welfare Foundation were based in Delhi.
The office of Charity Alliance in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar was being searched by the NIA sleuths, sources said.
Charity Alliance is headed by Zafarul Islam Khan, who is also the Editor of The Milli Gazette and former President, All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat and Managing Director, Pharos Media and Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
On Wednesday, the NIA raided 11 locations in Srinagar and Bandipora in J&K and one location in Bengaluru.
The NIA has carried out searches at the residential and office premises of Khurram Parvez, who is co-ordinator of J&K Coalition of Civil Society, his associates Parvez Ahmad Bukhari, Parvez Ahmad Matta and Bengaluru-based associate Swati Sheshadri, Parveena Ahanger, chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDPK) and offices of NGO Athrout and G.K. Trust.
The action comes in the wake of a fresh case registered by the NIA on October 8 under several sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on the receipt of credible information that certain NGOs and Trusts are collecting funds domestically and abroad through so-called donations and business contributions, etc. and are then utilising these funds for secessionist and terrorist activities in J&K.
Navaid Hamid , the president of AIMM has condemned the NIA raids.
‘Timings of raids conviced that it’s a divisionary tactic to divert frm issues in #BiharPolls& make it HinduMuslim issue’.He tweeted.
Condemns NIA raids on ofcs of JamateIslami’s HumanWelfareFoundation & @khan_zafarul‘s CharityAlliance in Delhi connecting thm wid funding to some Kashmiri Orgs. Timings of raids conviced that it’s a divisionary tactic to divert frm issues in #BiharPolls& make it HinduMuslim issue
— Navaid Hamid نوید حامد (@navaidhamid) October 29, 2020
“NIA raids at the premises of Dr. Zafrul Islam Khan , ex chairperson of Delhi Minority Commission and Jamat e Islami led Human Welfare Foundation are the most wretched and highly deplorable in every respect” said Adv Sharfuddin , vice president of SDPI.
Zafrul Islam Khan has been vocal critic of Modi government and outspoken on human rights.
Human Welfare Foundation was one of the leading organizations that helped Delhi riots victims immensely.