New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has unearthed details that Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa is pumping money to build a cadre base in India, all under the garb of charity, said a report in DNA. The details emerged following the busting of a terror funding module in Delhi with the arrest of three people about ten days ago. (Also read: Facebook Disables Hafiz Saeed’s Party MML’s Page)

Sources told the daily that Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF), an arm of JuD, was giving financial aid to poor families for marriages of girls and building houses. “They are building cadre eventually to recruit vulnerable youth,” said a senior NIA officer. The FIF has been banned and was designated as a terrorist entity by the USA in 2010.

The NIA claimed this was the new “modus operandi” of the JuD. “The FII has several centres in Pakistan and is headquartered in Lahore. We have found its operations for India is managed from Dubai,” said a source. During the preliminary questioning of the accused in a case, the agency found that the money coming in as ‘zakat (charity)” was being used to distribute among the families of terrorists and also to poor families in India in a bid to build a cadre here.

The agency had arrested three people: FIF operative Mohammad Salman (52), Hawala conduit Mohammad Salim (62) and Hawala courier Sajjad Abdul Wani (34) last week. Money was coming from Pakistan through Dubai and then to Delhi. From the national capital, it was routed out to Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Mumbai. “We are still probing the matter,” said a senior officer.

FIF terror funding case was registered on July 2 this year. According to the FIR, some Delhi-based suspects were receiving funds from FIF operatives based abroad and were using the funds to further the terror activities. NIA has found that of the arrested men, Mohammad Salman, was in touch with one Dubai-based Pakistani national who connected with the Deputy Chief of FIF. “The accused person has been receiving funds through Hawala operators,” the NIA said in a statement.