Sarjan Barkati’s residence among multiple locations raided in Kashmir

SRINAGAR — State Investigation Agency of J&K has launched early morning searches at 8 different places to investigate the tributaries and distributaries of slush funds flowing through the known secessionist Maulavi Sarjan Barkati of south Kashmir, ill famous for mobilising thousands onto streets during 2016 violent agitation, through his incendiary oratory. Known as pied piper, Sarjan Barkati used to openly invite and incite youth to take to violence and pull down the Indian state in J&K said SIA on Saturday.

In a statement to news agency Kashmir Dot Com, the agency said “SIA have registered a case FIR No 02/23 related to Crowd funding against Sarjan Barkati and others in which he has raised huge funds amounting more than 1.5 Crore, with his family making emotional appeals to general public to support them for day to day needs.

Under this garb he not only generated huge funds but prima facia also laundered money coming from unknown sources suspected to have originated from terror outfits for further use in sustaining the secessionist-terrorist campaign.”

So far SIA have identified 10 suspects whose involvement has surfaced in the initial investigation. The early morning raids spread over many districts of Kashmir are underway, it said.

The agency said that each search is backed by search warrants issued by competent court, Magistrates, local police assistance, lady police team, spotters, and transport support by Security wing of J&K police.

“With the seizures of electronic gadgets, incriminating material and other corroborative evidence during these searches, SIA is hopeful that the searches would enable it to extract some vital evidence as to who all have contributed to the Sarjan Barkati fund, what was the source of such money, how much of it was from legitimate income and how much from unaccountable sources, whether such sources had anything to do with terror and Hurriyat finances, the statement said.

SIA further calimed that preliminary investigations have shown Sarjan Barkati has diverted a substantial part of the funds for his personal benefit and purchased a piece of land worth ₹45 Lakhs in Anantnag town in the name of his wife which he sold for ₹72 Lakhs, making a profit of ₹27 Lakhs and has also built a palatial house using public money.”

He has also purchased 5 Kanals of land to establish a Madrassa which as per credible information is meant for making money and provide platform to anti national elements and also aimed to be a breeding ground for luring youth towards terrorism,” it reads.

A large chunk of such ill-gotten money has been deposited in several FDRs in the name of his family members, the statement according to Kashmir Dot Com reads, adding that, not only has the accused breached the public trust with emotional blackmail by building a personal fortune on the crowd funds donated to him by public for the daily sustenance, he as well camouflaged money coming from suspects sources under the garb of crowd funding for furtherance of secessionist-terrorists campaign. — (KDC)