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Mosque In Haryana's Palwal Built With Terror Funds By Lashkar-e-Taiba, Says NIA Probe

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| October 15 , 2018 , 13:49 IST

A National Investigation Agency probe on Monday found a mosque in Palwal district of Haryana which was allegedly funded by Pakistan based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT).

According to media reports, the Khulafa-e-Rashideen masjid at Uttawar village in Palwal was searched by NIA officers on October 3, days after the agency arrested three men, including the Imam of the masjid, Mohammed Salman, in New Delhi in an alleged terror-funding case.

Reports further said, “Three men were arrested for allegedly receiving a funding from Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) in Lahore. The NGO has been set up by the parent organisation of Lashkar, Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD).

Earlier on October 3, the NIA arrested Mohammed Salim and Sajjad Abdul Wani apart from the mosque's Imam. They are further questioning the office holders of the Khulafa-e-Rashideen masjid at Uttawar village in Palwal and probing the matter while scrutinizing account books, donations received and documents.

An officer of the premier investigating agency told the media, “Salman, who came in touch with LeT associated men when he was in Dubai, had been receiving funds from FIF. The organization, we have learnt, gave him Rs 70 lakh to build a mosque in Uttawar. It even gave him money for the marriage of his daughters. We are now probing from where the mosque has been receiving its donations and how this money is being used.”

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.