The Home Ministry has banned the Jammu and Kashmir-based group, Jamaat-i-Islami (JeI), as “an unlawful association” under Section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
In a notification on Thursday, the government said the JeI “has been indulging in activities which are prejudicial to internal security and public order, and have the potential of disrupting the unity and integrity of the country.”
“Whereas, the Central government is of the opinion that JeI is in close touch with militant outfits and is supporting extremism and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere; JeI is supporting claims for secession of a part of the Indian territory from the Union and supporting terrorist and separatist groups fighting for this purpose by indulging in activities and articulations intended to disrupt the territorial integrity of India,” the notification said.
Last week several members of the group were detained or arrested in a crackdown post Pulwama terror attack.
The notification said that JeI “propagates anti-national and separatist sentiments prejudicial to the integrity and security of the country; and escalate secessionist movements, support militancy and incite violence in the country.”