SRINAGAR: Days after the Central Government banned Jamaat-e-Islami J&K (JeI), houses of dozens of workers and leaders of jamaat e Islami have been sealed by authorities in different parts of Kashmir valley .
State government issued order to sealing all institutions and properties linked to JeI. Home ministry on Thursday, declared the JeI an unlawful organisation for five years, and over 250 of its workers were arrested in last four days.
The Centre alleged that the JeI was “in close touch” with terror groups and is likely to “escalate secessionist movement” in Jammu and Kashmir. The notification, banning the group under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, was issued by the home ministry after a high-level meeting on security, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, following the Pulwama terror attack.
Meanwhile People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC) criticized the Centre’s move to ban the JeI, J&K. “Why is the government so uncomfortable with Jamaat-e-Islami? Radicalised Hindu groups representing fringe elements are given carte blanche to spread misinformation and vitiate the atmosphere. But an organization that has worked tirelessly for Kashmiris is banned,” said PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti.
NC general secretary, Ali Mohammad Sagar was also upset over the Centre’s decision, saying it will impede the process of reconciliation in the state, and demanded that the ban be lifted.
Sajad Lone while taking to his Twitter said “Why has Jamaat been banned. Jamaat is a social political and religious organisation. In a vibrant democracy ideas have to be fought not banned. This organisation has given us illustrious leaders and legislators. How can they b banned. I strongly pitch for revocation of the ban.” He Tweeted.
The action came following the February 14 attack in Pulwama, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. There have been allegations in the past that the group was a political outfit of banned terror organisation Hizbul Mujahideen but the group has denied the charges.
The Centre is also of the opinion that the group is “involved in anti-national and subversive activities in the country intended to cause disaffection”. While banning it under the anti-terror law, the Centre reasoned that the group was intending to escalate its subversive activities, including an attempt to carve out an Islamic state out of the Union of India by destabilising the government established by law.
The outfit, which was formed in 1945 as a chapter of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and separated in 1953 due to differences over political ideology with the parent body, was banned in 1990.
The previous ban lapsed in 1995 and since then it has never been invoked again.