GOI sets up Terror Monitoring Group to check flow of illegal funds in Kashmir

wilayattimes (India)

The government of India Friday set-up a multi-disciplinary monitoring group to “ensure synergised and concerted action” against militancy financing and militancy-related activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to an official order, the “multi-disciplinary terror monitoring group (MDTMG)” will have representatives from the Jammu and Kashmir police, intelligence bureau, central bureau of investigation (CBI), national investigation agency (NIA), and the income tax department.

The seven-member TMG shall be headed by the Jammu and Kashmir additional director general of police (ADGP). It shall also have representatives from the Intelligence Bureau (IB), CBI, NIA, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), and Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC). The Jammu and Kashmir police inspector-general shall be the seventh member of the TMG.

However, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which has attached several properties in terror funding cases, did not find mention in the order.

The order further states that the TMG shall “identify all key persons including leaders of the organisations who are involved in supporting terrorism in any form and take concerted action against them. Investigate the networks of various channels being used to fund terror and terror-related activities and take action to stop flow of such funds”.

The MHA recently banned Jamaat-e-Islami and the Yasin Malik-led Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front in its bid to crack down against separatist activities. The ED has identified as many as 25 properties of separatists allegedly bought using the funds.

According to an estimate of the NIA, Pakistan-based terror groups finance terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir by generating millions in donations through their charity organisations. The NIA says Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), a charity run by terror outfits Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and Al Rehmat Trust, backed by terror group Jaish-e- Mohammed (JeM), have been supporting militants and funding terrorism in Kashmir.