Srinagar: The Indian government has banned Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) in Indian-administered Kashmir for five years, accusing it of supporting an armed rebellion in the disputed region that is at the heart of an escalating conflict with rival Pakistan.
The ban on the religious-political organisation on Thursday came less than a week after the Indian police arrested more than 300 JeI leaders, including its leader, Abdul Hamid Fayaz. The arrests followed the worst-ever suicide bombingin the disputed region, in which 42 Indian troopers were killed in Pulwama town earlier this month.
In a statement on Thursday, India‘s home ministry said the JeI has been banned for “unlawful association” and for activities “prejudicial to internal security and public order”. The ministry said the group was in touch “with militant outfits and supports extremism and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere” and supported “secession of a part of the Indian territory”.
If JeI’s activities were not curbed, “it is likely to escalate its subversive activities including an attempt to carve out an Islamic state out of the territory of Union of India”, the ministry said.