New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has constituted a Multi-Disciplinary Terror Monitoring Group (TMG) to “ensure concerted action against terror financing & other terror-related activities in Jammu and Kashmir”.
The group has eight members. The chairman of TMG would be an ADGP level personnel. The other members would be IGP of J&K Police, Additional Director of IB, J&K. Also on the group would be a representative each of CBI, NIA, CBDT and CBIC and any other member that the chairman deemed fit.
The TMG would be taking action in registered cases which relate to terror activities, financing. It would also zero in on all “key persons including leaders of the organisation(s) who are involved in supporting terrorism in any form and take concerted action against them”.
It would also be required to investigate the networks of the channels being used for terror-funding and terror-related activities. The TMG would also be required to take action against “hardcore sympathisers among government employees, including teachers etc. who are providing covert or overt support to such activities”.
The NIA has been cracking down on terror funding activities, but the TMG has members from many agencies, making it a more concerted effort.
The Centre’s decision comes close on the heels of the UN adopting a resolution that calls upon countries to check and counter the terror funding.
Initiated by France, the resolution is for updating existing resolutions and adapting them to new forms of financing of terrorism.
The resolution takes into account the fact that terrorists may abuse legitimate businesses and non-profit organisations for their activities. It points out that they could even make use of emerging payment methods, like prepaid cards and mobile payments.
It also expresses concern at the continuing use by terrorists and their supporters of the internet, to facilitate terrorist acts, as well as inciting, recruiting, funding, or planning terrorist acts.