JKLF Ban: Authorities to seal offices, detain leaders today

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leaders and activists are likely to face action akin to the one faced by Jamaat-e-Islami cadres in the state recently, police said on Friday.

This action, according to an official, will be initiated following the government of India’s move declaring the JKLF—led by Muhammad Yasin Malik—an “unlawful association” under the unlawful activities (prevention) Act, 1967.

While senior leaders of the organisation are likely to face detention, its offices shall also come under the purview of the regulatory order, the official said.
The action in days to come will be similar to that of Jamaat-e-Islami (J&K), whose members were arrested on a mass scale recently, while the offices of the socio-religious organisation and properties of its several activists were also seized after the government of India banned it under the UAPA, the official said.

“Senior leaders of JKLF are most likely to face detention,” a senior police officer said when asked about the possible fallout of the Centre’s ban on JKLF Friday.

He said the ban was announced on Friday evening and it will take a day or so “in deciding the further action”.

The JKLF has been banned for allegedly promoting secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The imposition of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act itself means that strict action has to be taken against the concerned organisation,” the police officer said, wishing not to be named as he wasn’t authorised to speak to media.

All the offices of JKLF will now come under regulatory orders and action under norms will follow after observance of due procedures.

“Material in these offices can also be sealed and no meetings will be allowed there any longer,” he said.

He said the “background check” of the organisation’s activists and leaders will be carried out by the respective station house officers in their areas of jurisdiction “to help them carry out the threat perception”.

“The determination of threat perception will decide which leader or activist will have to be booked or released,” he said.


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