Amid rumours that the Jammu and Kashmir government is contemplating to seal the mosques and schools run by the banned Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), the state government has denied any such move.
Government’s spokesperson Rohit Kansal has categorically said schools, mosques and orphanages had been kept outside the scope of seizures and sealing in the wake of the ban imposed by the Government of India on Jamaat-e-Islami, J&K.
“Action is being taken against offices, assets, properties and other equipment of the banned organisation,” Kansal said in a statement, adding that the ban would be for five years and was subsequent to orders issued by the state government and the deputy commissioners concerned.
The government’s clarification came on Monday when a lot of rumour-mongering on the issue was being done reportedly with the intention to instigate people, particularly in the Kashmir valley.
The Kashmir-centric politicians were adding fuel to the fire by endorsing such rumours.
National Conference leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah, in a tweet, said: “While the government may take some time to review the need to ban the JeI there is an need to urgently review the ban on schools & the sealing of mosques.”
PDP leader and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has described the ban on JeI as “muscular approach” of the Modi government.
Meanwhile, police have detained more than 100 activists of JeI and sealed the properties of the organisation in the Valley and some areas of Jammu division.
Last week, the Central government banned the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, declaring it an “unlawful association”.
The order issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs said the organisation had “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”.