SRINAGAR The Yasin Malik-led Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) was banned by the government of India under anti-terror law on Friday, officials said.
The outfit has been banned for alleged promotion of secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, they said.
They said the organisation has been banned under various provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Its chief Yasin Malik is under arrest and at present lodged in Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail.
This is the second organisation in Jammu and Kashmir which has been banned this month. Earlier, the Centre had banned the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir), which the government said was responsible for the formation of Hizbul Mujahideen, “the biggest militany organisation active in Jammu and Kashmir”.
A news agency quoting home ministry sources said that JKLF cadres posed “a serious threat to the security of the country and are prejudicial to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of India.
“The organisation has been actively and continuously encouraging feeling of enmity and hatred against the lawfully established government” and promoting armed rebellion.
Noting that the Jammu and Kashmir Police had filed 37 FIRs against the JKLF and the NIA had also registered a case, “it is evident that the JKLF continued to be actively engaged in supporting and inciting secessionism and militancy”.