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JAMMU The Jammu Police on Friday has taken cognizance into act of Land-grabber turned JeI associate who was also publishing a newspaper to befool the security agencies, J&K Government and Information Department with wrong figures in terms of number of published copies with illegal increase aimed to manage advertisement from government.
Booked under unlawful activities Mohammad Sharief Sartaj, owner of Urdu daily Rah-e-Manzil was taking advertisements from Govt
On May 7, continuing investigations into the major Hawala racket operating from Pakistan for mushrooming terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, the joint Police teams had raided the house and office of a silent Jamat-e-Islami (JeI) associate Mohd Sharif Sartaj, son of Shams-ul-Din, resident of EP-62, Dalpatian Mohalla, and Rayees Ahmed Malik, resident of Talab Khatikan falling under the jurisdiction of Peer Mitha Police Station.
Mohd Sharif Sartaj, wanted in a number of cases related to fraud, land-grabbing was also running a newspaper to befool the security agencies and the government. Police team during the investigations of Hawala racket connecting ex-minister Babu Singh, ascertained the illegal and anti-national activities of Sartaj. Accordingly after gathering all data, a raid was conducted at his house and office on May 7.
Huge number of incriminating documents, mobile phones, Tabs and SIM cards were seized. All these substantiate Sartaj’s links with Pak-sponsored terror groups, said an officer accompanying raiding team.
The seized material included Jamaat-e-Islami (Banned Organisation) literature related to Doda region, forms for medical admission in Pakistan, a report regarding a person namely Abdul Rehman, a Pak national, who visited the area and was later deported, literature related to so-called Jammu Kashmir freedom movement, a phone diary containing Pakistan numbers, cash register regarding various accounts , an identity card pertaining to Iran, photographs with Jamaat-e-Islami leaders, meeting notices regarding so-called Jammu Kashmir freedom movement and stamps. As per the details, during investigation of FIR 27/2022 registered under sections 10/13/39/Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of Police Station Peermitha, Jammu, it has come to fore that the owner of Rah-e-Manzil, Urdu Daily News Paper, situated at Talab Khatikan, Jammu namely Mohd Sharief Sartaj, son of Shamas-Ul-Din Rather, resident of Changa Bhalessa, Tehsil Gandoh, District Doda at present Sunjwan has been printing nearly 150 newspapers on daily basis, but has dishonestly reflected 18,000 newspapers for pecuniary gain of obtaining advertisements from Information Department J&K and for certain other reasons. On this, FIR 41/2022 under sections 420/IPC has been registered at Police Station Peermitha and investigation has been set into motion.
It is pertinent to mention that during investigation of earlier FIR 01/2022 which was lodged at Police Station City, several raids were conducted at various suspected places and relevant documents were seized in huge number.
After scrutinising the records, FIR No. 27/2022 under sections 10/13/39/Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act was registered and investigated was entrusted to SDPO North Sharad Kalu. In furtherance of that investigation certain important revelations emerged which led to the registration of the instant case. Here it is pertinemnt to mention that Mohd Sartaj along with a few local associates are involved in land grabbing. The government land has been allegedly sold to many innocent buyers in Jammu by Sartaj to earn crores of rupees.