Govt bans schools run by Falah-e-Aam Trust in J&K

Officials say the move comes after SIA finds them responsible for ‘destructive roles’

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A school run by Falah-e-Aam Trust in Bandipora
A school run by Falah-e-Aam Trust in Bandipora

SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir School Education Department on Tuesday ordered a ban on the operation of schools run by Falah-e-Aam Trust, an affiliate of banned Jamaat-e-Islami.

A top official told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that the development came after the State Investigation Agency (SIA) in its investigations found gross illegalities, outright frauds, and mass-scale encroachment of government lands by the Trust.

He said that School Education Department has ordered the cessation of academic activities in Falah-e-Aam Trust-affiliated schools.

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The Falah-e-Aam Trust is an affiliate of Jamat-e-Islami (JeI) which is proscribed by the Ministry of Home Affairs under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities and Prevention Act.

The official said that JeI mostly draws its sustenance from the vast network of Falah-e-Aam Trust schools, seminaries, orphanages, pulpits of mosques and other charities.

He said that the SIA of J&K Police during investigation found that these institutions played a destructive role in the large-scale unrests of 2008, 2010 and 2016 in Kashmir, “bringing huge miseries to common people and forcing them for shutdowns by threat, intimidation and street violence.”

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He added that during the investigation, almost all Falah-e-Aam Trust schools have been found to be existing on illegally acquired government and community lands.

The official said that SIA has already registered a case in this regard and is expanding the ambit of its probe to unearth all such frauds, unauthorized entities and forgeries committed in the last 30 years.

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