The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday questioned the head of Kashmir’s largest Islamic seminary in an alleged terror-funding case.
Officials said a summons was issued to Maulana Rehmatullah Mir Qasmi, who heads the Bandipore-based Darul Uloom Raheemiyah, on Monday regarding the raising of funds in Jammu and Kashmir and using them for “unlawful activities”.
“Maulana sahab stayed at the NIA office in Srinagar from 11am to 4pm. He faced questioning for hours and has since returned to Darul Uloom,” an aide of Qasmi told The Telegraph.
Sources said Qasmi’s home was raided last year by the NIA but the agency unusually chose not to publicise it because of the sensitives involved. Although he was formally summoned this time, no statement about the questioning was issued.
Raheemiyah is not only the biggest Islamic seminary in Kashmir but is also linked to the Deoband, which has a history of supporting Indian nationalism.
The NIA and other agencies have been relentlessly targeting people that they claim are involved in anti-national activities. They have arrested or raided homes or institutions of Islamic figures from different schools of thought — including the Jamat-e-Islami, Ahle Hadees or Barelvis.
Officials said Qasmi was questioned in connection with the alleged funding activities of Rajouri-based Al Huda Education Trust. The trust has come under scrutiny for its “suspicious” financial activities.
However, sources close to Qasmi claim he is being targeted for opposing some of the government’s “pro Hindutva” policies.