Three properties owned by the outlawed Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) in Srinagar, including a property registered in the name of late Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani, have been ordered sealed by the Jammu and Kashmir government in accordance with the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
On the request of the state investigation agency (SIA), the district magistrate of Srinagar (DM) issued an order on Monday preventing anyone other than SIA investigators and security forces enforcing the restrictions imposed by sections 3 and 8 of the UAPA from entering or using these premises.
According to the DM’s order, “it was found that these properties are owned by and in the control of the prohibited Jamaat-e-Islami association through its members upon receiving the report from the concerned tehsildar and after perusing the tax record.”
Aijaz Asad, the deputy commissioner for Srinagar, is the current DM.
The three properties include a two-story residential building at Barzulla in Srinagar in the names of Geelani and one Firdous Ahmad Asmi, as well as two parcels of land at Khushipora Shalateng in the name of JeI through district president Bashir Ahmad Lone.
Geelani, a 91-year-old former JeI member from 1953 to 2004 and the public face of Kashmiri separatism for more than three decades, passed away in September of last year after a protracted illness.
“There is adequate material to notify the above-mentioned properties under the abovementioned laws,” the DM stated.
All accounts belonging to the outlawed organisation, regardless of whether they are held in the names of members, institutions, or associated units, must be frozen, and compliance reports must be sent right away.
The SIA had sealed JeI-owned assets worth?100 crore on Saturday in the districts of Baramulla, Bandipora, Ganderbal, and Kupwara.
The agency searched 11 locations in Anantnag in November and sealed 90 crore rupees’ worth of property. Nine homes in Shopian, totaling more than 2.58 crore, were sealed in the same month.
2019 saw the central government impose a five-year ban on the group due to its anti-national activities.
The SIA has so far identified 188 JeI properties throughout the union territory that are either in the process of being informed for further legal action or have already been notified.