Houses of dozens of workers, leaders of JeI sealed by authorities

SRINAGAR, MAR 02 (PTK): Days after the Centre banned Jamaat-e-Islami J&K (JeI), houses of dozens of workers and leaders of the group have been sealed by authorities at several locations across Kashmir.

Magistrates issued orders of sealing all institutions and properties linked to JeI. The home ministry on Thursday, declared the JeI an unlawful organisation for five years, and over 200 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 attack.

The two main political parties of the state – the 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.

Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency or NIA over the last five days, raided seven locations, including on the houses of separatists like Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, in connection with cases related to funding of militants and separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir.

NIA claimed that it found “high-tech internet communication setup” from the residence of Mirwaiz Umer Farooq. (PTK)

Rafi Mir slams Central government’s decision to ban Jamaat-e-Islami

SRINAGAR, MAR 02 (PTK): Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Spokesperson Rafi Mir slammed BJP led Central government’s decision to ban Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir, saying it is against the essence of democracy which allows space to opposing political thoughts.

While speaking to News agency Press Trust of Kashmir Rafi Mir said, “it is fourth time that government banned Jamaat-e-Islami in Jammu and Kashmir but they can’t achieve anything”.

He added that the schools of Jamaat e Islami are recognised by government and what about the career of these students by arresting Jamaat leader.

He added that democracy is a battle of ideas. “Crackdown followed by banning of Jamaat Islami (JK) is condemnable, another example of high handedness and muscular approach of GOI to deal with political issue of Jammu and Kashmir”, he added.

The Centre on Thursday banned the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir for five years under anti-terror law on grounds that it was “in close touch” with terror outfits and is expected to “escalate secessionist movement” in the state.

A notification, banning the group under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs after a high-level meeting on security, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

According to central government officials, the Jamaat was responsible for the creation of the state’s biggest militant group Hizbul Mujahideen and the brain behind the formation of Hurriyat Conference. (PTK)