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Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir Banned For 5 More Years Under UAPA

Mumbai: Under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), the Centre has decided to keep “Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir” banned for an additional five years.

Announcing the decision, Union home minister Amit Shah said in a post on X on Tuesday, “Pursuing Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji’s policy of zero tolerance against terrorism and separatism the government has extended the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir for five years. The organisation is found continuing its activities against the security, integrity and sovereignty of the nation. The outfit was first declared an ‘Unlawful Association’ on 28 February 2019. Anyone threatening the security of the nation will face ruthless measures.”

The last ban on “Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir,” or JeI, was put into effect on February 28, 2019, a few days after the February 14, 2019, attack in Pulwama that claimed the lives of forty members of the Central Reserve Police Force. At that time, the J&K Police detained around 100 members of the JeI, J&K, including its leader, Abdul Hameed Fayaz.

“Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir is still engaged in inciting terrorism and spreading false information against India to encourage secessionism in Jammu and Kashmir, which is detrimental to India’s sovereignty, security, and integrity,” according to a statement released by the ministry of home affairs (MHA) on Tuesday.

“Many criminal cases have been registered against the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir and its members under various sections of law including the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967,” it said.

As part of its crackdown on the banned JeI in a terror funding case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided 15 locations in Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month.

An NIA spokesperson stated that during the raids in the twin capitals of Srinagar and Jammu, as well as in Budgam in central Kashmir, Kulgam, and Anantnag in south Kashmir, incriminating papers and digital equipment relating to the activities of JeI and its affiliated Trusts, as well as more than ₹20 lakh, were seized.

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