Srinagar: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Jammu and Kashmir deputy CM Kavinder Gupta has said that madrasas should be banned in Jammu and Kashmir and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti should be arrested if she supports Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI).
Gupta feels if other nations such as Bangladesh and Afghanistan have banned madrasas in a crackdown on “illegal activities and terrorism”, then it should also be banned in Kashmir.
Speaking to news gathering agency ANI, the BJP leader said, “Bangladesh, Afghanistan and other nations banned madrasas because of illegal activities. Similarly, if efforts to spread terrorism are made in Kashmir, they should be banned here too. If Mehbooba ji supports Jamaat-e-Islami, then she too should be arrested.”
The Centre on February 28 banned the Jamaat for five years under an anti-terror law on grounds that it was “in close touch” with militant outfits and is expected to “escalate secessionist movement” in the state.
A notification, banning the group under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs after a high-level meeting on security, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The ban follows a massive crackdown on the outfit in the Valley. Around 150 leaders and activists of the outfit have been detained in raids across Kashmir.
Several properties belonging to the outfit or its leaders have been seized by the government since the ban was imposed.