Jamaat-e-Islami ban: 77-year-old Islamic organisation accused of terror links has been politically active in J&K

The Indian government on Thursday banned the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir organisation for five years under the anti-terror law on grounds that it was “in close touch” with militant 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. The notification said the Centre is of the opinion that the Islamic organisation operating in Jammu and Kashmir is “in close touch with militant outfits” and is supporting extremism and militancy in the state and elsewhere. It said the outfit claims “secession of a part of the Indian territory from the union” and supports terrorist and separatist groups fighting for this purpose.

The notification, which came a few days after the Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested around 100 cadres of the group in the state, said that the organisation has been indulging in activities intended to disrupt the territorial integrity of India.

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