SRINAGAR Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir was banned Thursday under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for alleged anti-national and subversive activities, officials said.
A notification on the ban was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) after a high-level meeting on security, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
As per the notification, the group is alleged to be involved in anti-national and subversive activities in the country and is in close touch with militant outfits.
The government says if unlawful activities of JeI are not curbed and controlled immediately, it is likely to escalate its subversive activities including attempt to carve out an Islamic State out of the territory of Union of India by destabilising the Government established by law.
Centre says JeI if not banned would continue advocating secession of J&K from Union of India; propagate anti-national and separatist sentiments prejudicial to integrity and security of the country and escalate secessionist movements, support militancy and incite violence
Government forces launched a crackdown on JeI and arrested many leaders and cadres of the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir after the February 14 attack in Pulwama, in which 49 CRPF personnel were killed.
Some of the key leaders who were arrested are its Chief Dr Abdul Hamid Fayaz, Advocate Zahid Ali (spokesperson), Ghulam Qadir Lone (former secretary general), Abdur Rouf (Head, Anantnag unit) and Mudasir Ahmad (Head Tehsil Pahalgam).
Several cadres of the Jamaat-e-Islami were also picked up from various places in the Kashmir Valley, including Anantnag, Pahalgham, Dialgam, and Tral.
With the banning of Jammat-e-Islami, the number of organisations banned under UAPA now stands at 42.