GUWAHATI: The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief and Perfume baron Badruddin Ajmal’s non-governmental organisation (NGO) of Ajmal Foundation has allegedly received foreign funding from various organizations which have a link with terrorist groups.
The shocking revelation was made by the Legal Rights Observatory (LRO) a legal rights organization affiliated with the Hindu-nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
The LRO alleged Ajmal Foundation of violating the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) by using this foreign capital.
Following the revelation, Assam’s finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma immediately demanded the Centre’s intervention to probe the matter. He said, “So far people of Assam used to know that Ajmal foundation has been doing charity works with Ajmal’s own money. But the findings have revealed how organizations linked to terror activities were funding Ajmal Foundation. I am sure the Central government will take note of the development.”
The LRO also listed the names of the NGOs that are funding the Ajmal Foundation. One of them was the UK-based Al Imdaad Foundation which was allegedly directly linked to Palestinian resistance spearheading terror group Hamas which is known for orchestrating numerous suicide bombings in Palestine against Israelis.
The observatory group’s list included another group Ummah Welfare Trust UK which is accused of money laundering and terror financing. Similarly, another donor of Ajmal Foundation was Turkey-based IHH- Insani Yardim Vakfi (Foundation for Human Rights & Freedoms n Humanitarian Relief) which is flagged by many government agencies from across the world for having direct links with the Al-Qaida terror group.
Another donor is Muslim Aid UK, known for its direct connections with Kashmiri terror group Hizbul Mujahidin.
The LRO also claimed that the Ajmal Foundation got Rs. 69.55 crore out of which only Rs. 2.5 crores were spent on education.
Replying to questions of the LRO claims, Ajmal said, “If there were any terror links and anomalies and if it would have violated FCRA guidelines then I am sure the Centre must have acted already. If the government raises any objection, then I will answer them.”