NIA searches house of Bengaluru researcher, 10 locations in J&K in terror funding case

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By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: October 28, 2020 4:48:05 pm

The case is related to NGOs and trusts diverting funds meant for charitable activities to "secessionist and separatist activities" in Jammu and Kashmir. 

The National Investigation Agency(NIA) on Wednesday conducted searches at the residence of an independent researcher in Bengaluru and 10 other locations in Jammu and Kashmir, in a case related to NGOs and trusts diverting funds meant for charitable activities to “secessionist and separatist activities”.  According to a statement by NIA, the residence of Swati Seshadri was searched and several incriminating documents and electronic devices were seized.

“NIA conducted searches at ten locations in Srinagar and Bandipora in Jammu and Kashmir and one location in Bengaluru in connection with a case pertaining to certain so-called NGOs and Trusts raising funds in India and abroad in the name of charitable activities and then using those funds for carrying out secessionist and separatist activities in Jammu and Kashmir,” NIA said in a statement.

According to NIA, the raids were conducted in the case registered by the agency on 8 October this year. “On 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 utilizing these funds for secessionist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir,” NIA added.

The case was registered under sections 120B (party to criminal conspiracy), 124 A (sedition) IPC (Indian Penal Code) and sections 17, 18, 22A, 22C, 38, 39 and 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

“Those whose premises have been searched include the residence and office of Khurram Parvez (co-ordinator of J&K Coalition of Civil Society), his associates viz. Parvez Ahmad Bukhari, Parvez Ahmad Matta and Bengaluru-based associate viz. Swati Sheshadri; Parveena Ahanger, Chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons ( APDPK) and offices of NGO Athrout and GK Trust,” Agency said.

Earlier on October 9, NIA had arrested two men from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for allegedly recruiting for Islamic State (IS) and for funding the travel of the recruits to Syria.

Ahamed Abdul Cader, 40, from Ramanathpuram in Tamil Nadu and Irfan Nasir, 33, from Frazer town in Bengaluru was arrested by the agency after their names cropped up during investigations in cases related to the Islamic State. Cader is a business analyst at a bank in Chennai, Irfan Nasir is a rice merchant based in Bengaluru.

In August, the agency an ophthalmologist, who allegedly worked briefly with the Islamic State in Syria in 2014, was arrested in Bengaluru Monday as part of an investigation into a case registered in March against the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) module.

NIA had arrested Abdur Rahman, 28, an ophthalmologist at the MS Ramaiah Hospital in Bengaluru, on the charge of conspiring with Jahanzaib Sami Wani of J&K. Wani and his wife, Hina Bashir Beigh, were arrested earlier by the NIA in New Delhi for allegedly carrying out ISIS activity in India.

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