Srinagar: The State Investigation Company (SIA) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police carried out raids at eight locations on Saturday in a case associated to assortment of funds by Maulvi Sarjan Barkati, the face of “anti-national” protests in 2016, and utilizing the identical for private positive aspects, officers stated. Barkati is ill-famous for mobilising 1000’s onto streets through the 2016 violent agitation, via his incendiary oratory. Generally known as the pied piper, Sarjan Barkati used to brazenly invite and incite youth to take to violence and pull down the Indian state in J&Ok. SIA has registered a case FIR No 02/23 associated to Crowd funding in opposition to Sarjan Barkati and others during which he has raised large funds amounting to greater than 1.5 Crore, together with his household making emotional appeals to the general public to assist them for day-to-day wants.
Below this garb, he not solely generated large funds, however prima facia additionally laundered cash coming from unknown sources suspected to have originated from terror outfits for additional use in sustaining the secessionist-terrorist marketing campaign.
Thus far SIA has recognized 10 suspects whose involvement has surfaced within the preliminary investigation. The early morning raids unfold over many districts of Kashmir are underway.
Every search is backed by search warrants issued by a reliable court docket, Magistrates, native police help, girl police workforce, spotters, and transport assist by the Safety wing of J&Ok police.
With the seizures of digital devices, incriminating materials and different corroborative proof throughout these searches, SIA is hopeful that the searches would allow it to extract some very important proof as to who all have contributed to the Sarjan Barkati fund, what was the supply of such cash, how a lot of it was from respectable earnings and the way a lot from unaccountable sources, whether or not such sources had something to do with terror and Hurriyat funds.
Preliminary investigations have proven Sarjan Barkati has diverted a considerable a part of the funds for his private profit and bought a bit of land value ₹45 Lakhs in Anantnag city within the identify of his spouse which he offered for ₹72 Lakhs, making a revenue of ₹27 Lakhs, and has additionally constructed a palatial home utilizing public cash.
He has additionally bought 5 Kanals of land to ascertain a Madrassa which as per credible info is supposed for earning profits and offering a platform to anti-national components and aimed to be a breeding floor for luring youth in the direction of terrorism.
A big chunk of such ill-gotten cash has been deposited in a number of FDRs within the identify of his members of the family. Not solely has the accused breached the general public belief with emotional blackmail by constructing a private fortune on the gang funds donated to him by the general public for day by day sustenance, however he additionally as properly camouflaged cash coming from suspects sources beneath the garb of crowdfunding for the furtherance of secessionist-terrorists marketing campaign.
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