Mosque built with terror group funds

The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has unearthed construction of a mosque, located in a nondescript Haryana village, getting funds from Pakistna-based terror organisation, Hafiz Saeed’s Lashkar-e-Taiba.

According to NIA officials, the Khulafa-e-Rashideen masjid situated in Palwal’s Uttawar village, was built by Rs 70 lakh sent by Lashkar. The Imam of the mosque, who has been arrested by NIA recently, got the money via a contact in Dubai. Imam Mohammed Salman and two of his associates were arrested by the NIA on October 3, in this connection.

Salman had earlier reportedly attempted to launch a taxi and a dairy business, but incurred heavy losses. It was around this time that he visited Saudi Arabia and later went to Dubai, where he got in touch with some Pakistani nationals.

These men, according NIA, were linked to Lashkar. They later started sending money to Salman via Hawala racket. These men, who were part of the FIF’s Hawala racket, sent as much as Rs 70 lakh to Salman for building the mosque in Haryana. They also helped in wedding of Salman’s daughter.

NIA also found that the land where mosque was built was locked in litigation and court cases are going on. According to the NIA, the FIF is a front-end organisation of “the LeT, a terror organisation proscribed under UAPA… FIF is placed on the list of terrorist organisations as per entry 33 in the First Schedule to the UAPA read with Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (Implementation of Security Council Resolutions) Order 2016”.

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