Srinagar, Jan.19: The Jammu and Kashmir Police launched an extensive awareness campaign across Kashmir, including remote areas, to maintain peace and security. They specifically warned citizens to stay away from the banned Muslim League led by Masarat Alam Bhat and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat.
According to sources, loudspeaker announcements were made in markets and public spaces, stressing that any association with the recently banned organizations would result in severe legal consequences.
A senior police officer told Kashmir Despatch that in response to the declaration by the Union Home Minister that the Muslim League is an anti-national organization, the police took proactive steps by making these announcements.
“We are cautioning people for their safety and protection, urging them not to be involved with any party that has been banned by the Union Home Minister,” he said.
In addition, there were reports that a drum beater accompanied the police during these announcements in areas of North Kashmir where the warnings were being conveyed.
Local sources confirmed this development to Kashmir Despatch and mentioned that posters were prominently displayed across Kashmir, reaffirming the message that any attempt to establish contact with the banned Hurriyat organization would be dealt with firmly.
Pertinent to mention here that the government’s decisive action on December 27, prohibiting Jammu and Kashmir-based separatist groups for five years under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, highlights its commitment to maintaining peace in the region.
The efforts undertaken by the J&K Police to ensure a disturbance-free environment sends a clear message that severe consequences await those who engage with these banned outfits in any form.
Suhail Khan is a filmmaker, content writer, and freelance journalist.