In a first such instance, the Jammu and Kashmir police on Saturday sealed and attached a house belonging to a separatist supporter, Mohammad Khan (65), for allegedly using militants’ money to raise property in Srinagar.
“Khan has earned huge amount by acting as a conduit to the banned Harkat-e-Jihadi-Islami (militant outfit) and acquired a house at Maisuma Colony, Natipora, in Srinagar’s Chanapora area,” said the police notice served to the family.
Khan, along with his wife and four children, including a daughter, were evacuated from their house around noon on Saturday by the police and officials of local administration.
“Our house is spread over two marlas (544 square feet) and was constructed in 1998 at Rs 1.75 lakh. We built it when our father was in jail. Today we could only salvage clothes and left behind everything,” said Sajad Khan, son of the accused, adding “this is an Israeli tactics”.
The family is camping near Lal Chowk area. “I am with the freedom struggle for past 50 years. During my interrogation inside different jails, I was asked to relent from my stand. How can I do it at this age now?” said defiant 65-year-old Khan, originally a native of north Kashmir’s Sopore area.
Khan is a member of separatist group Peoples League and has alliance with hardline Hurriyat led by 83-year-old Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
The family was served first notice on May 3 to evacuate the house under Unlawful Activities Act. “I am falsely implicated in militancy. I have nothing to do with the militant group. It’s an attempt to cow me down,” said Khan, who has decided to knock the door of the court.
The police have charged Khan under Section 120B of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC), hatching criminal conspiracy; 489 C (RPC), dealing illegal currency; 7/25 of Indian Arms Act, dealing with possession of weapons illegally and 40/A under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
There is a provision in the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act that property of a person could be seized if there is a sufficient proof that the place is raised by terror money or could be used for terror activities.
This is first house to be sealed under the unlawful activities and is aimed at hitting out at the militant support base in Srinagar.
In 2001, first house of a militant supporter was sealed under Prevention of Terrorism Act in Srinagar.