Clerics under NIA scanner for funding terror module

  • Bibhas Bhattacharyya, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Nov 01, 2014 23:05 IST

NIA sleuths are zeroing in on some clerics who provided monetary help to people of Jamaat-ul-Mujahidden, Bangladesh (JMB) who operated the terror module in Burdwan and adjoining districts of West Bengal.

Officials have found the money these clerics have channelised here could be traced to donations from individuals for various religious and charitable purposes.

One of the prime targets of NIA sleuths has been to unearth the funding pattern of the terror modules. NIA officials have sought the help of Enforcement
Directorate (ED) to uncover some of these trails. NIA sleuths have identified some bank accounts from which a lot of transactions were made with Bangladesh.

“In the name of religion, some clerics have collected a lot of money from local people in bordering districts of Bangladesh. A lot of it has gone to the jihadis.

Some of these people have even tried to indoctrinate youths so that they join the jihadis,” said an NIA officer connected with the investigation.

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