An FIR has been lodged with Assam police against Ajmal Foundation, an organisation run by Assam MP Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, for receiving FCRA funds from foreign agencies allegedly linked to terrorist groups.
Ajmal heads the Islamist Assam-based party AIUDF which is in talks for an alliance with Congress and Left ahead of next year’s assembly elections. He has a thriving perfume business (Ajmal Perfume, with turnover over $200 million) and is also president of the Assam State Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and a member of the advisory board of Darul Uloom Deoband. His party has been charged with abetting the settlement of huge numbers of illegal Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants in lower Assam.
The complaint was lodged by social activist Satya Ranjan Borah in Guwahati on Friday, based on the findings of Legal Rights Observatory (LRO), a legal rights body. LRO made the revelations, based on study of Ajmal Foundation’s FCRA returns, in a twitter thread, which we reproduce below with edits for readability –
“Ajmal Foundation of Badruddin Ajmal got Rs. 69.55 crores for education, but it used only Rs. 2.05 crore for it while rest of the amount was illegally routed to AIUDF for political purposes. UK and Turkish front groups for Islamic terror appear to have funded it in crores.
Ajmal Foundation’s donor Al Imdaad Foundation, UK has links to terror group Hamas that financed numerous suicide bombings in Palestine against Israelis. It channels Halal Certification fees collected in Western nations for dubious Islamist purposes.
Another donor, Ummah Welfare Trust UK, is accused of money laundering and terror financing. For this, the Gulf based newspaper Al Arabiya had reported, “The Ummah Welfare Trust, a UK-based international relief and development charity, has had its accounts with Barclays and HSBC banks closed due to its activities. The charity has worked with Interpal, a Palestinian aid charity which has been designated as a terrorist entity by the US Treasury, in the past.”
Turkey based Ajmal Foundation donor- IHH- Insani Yardim Vakfi (Foundation for Human Rights & Freedom and Humanitarian Relief) is flagged by many government agencies from across the world, think tanks and media houses for its direct links with Al-Qaeda and the global jihad network.
Needless to say, Ajmal Foundation has spent just 2.5% of its foreign donations on the declared cause of education (for which those funds were received), so where did the rest of the money go?”
Bharat’s investigative agencies have barely scratched the surface of Islamic extremist and terror financing, in which several organisations like Zakat Foundation, Ajmal Foundation, PFI’s Rehab India Foundation,Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) and several others are inextricably linked to the country’s secular political and intellectual establishment.
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