New Delhi, Feb 28 : Close on the heels of a high level security meeting and a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security, the central government on Thursday evening announced imposing ban on the 'Jamat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir' for their alleged nexus with terror groups.
The high level meetings were presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and were attended by top ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Nirmala Sitharaman and NSA Ajit Doval.
To start with, the ban will apply for five years and the government decision is subject to 'scrutiny' of a tribunal constituted by the Union Home Ministry, sources said. The group's members were raided recently after Pulwama attack and there have been also allegations that the group was a political outfit of banned terror organisation Hizbul Mujahideen.
Sources said various reports and inputs were considered including the ones that said the group is "involved in anti-national and subversive activities". One input said that the group was working in tandem with some militant groups and some 'pressure groups' in trying to escalate secessionist movement in Jammu and Kashmir.
Reports from Jammu and Kashmir had said earlier that a number of cadres Jamaat group were arrested last week. The outfit was banned in 1990 and after the ban order lapsed in 1995, it was not extended, sources said. UNI