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3 JeI leaders held, a dozen assets sealed during raids in Jammu region

At least six bank accounts linked to the group have been identified and the banks concerned directed to immediately freeze them

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

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Three prominent leaders of the recently banned (JeI) were arrested and nearly a dozen assets sealed during raids across six districts of province, police said Sunday.

The day-long raids on the offices and houses of leaders and activists were conducted in Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban, Poonch, Rajouri and districts Saturday, during which a large quantity of incriminating documents were seized for scrutiny, a said.

He said at least six linked to the group have been identified and the banks concerned directed to immediately freeze them.

The Centre Thursday banned and Kashmir for five years under on grounds that it was "in close touch" with militant outfits and was expected to "escalate secessionist movement" in the state.

A notification, banning the group under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, was issued by the after a high-level meeting on security, chaired by

Top leaders of the organisation along with over 150 activists were arrested in Kashmir Valley, where the group has a large presence, last week.

Mohammad Majeed Sheikh, and were arrested from district, where another leader, Ghulam Nabi Gundana, was put under house arrest as he had undergone a recently, the said.

He said two activists, who were detained in Doda, were later released after questioning.

All schools run by in the districts were searched during the raids on Saturday, the said adding these schools were not sealed but are being kept under surveillance.

Meanwhile, of state and former G M Saroori voiced his resentment against the crackdown on and said the action against the group is against the democratic set up of the country.

"is not a terrorist organisation... It is running over 300 schools in the state for six decades and providing employment to thousands of educated youth," Saroori, who hails from district, said.

He said the action against the religious organisation seems "politically motivated" in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

"If government has any proof against Jamaat, it should make it public. The action against anyone involved in terrorism or waging war against the country is justified but banning a group which is involved in religious preaching and believes in Islamic ideology is against the democratic values," he said.

Referring to the arrest of from Kishtwar, he said he is a thorough gentleman, who served as a doctor before his retirement.

"We have never seen him indulging in anything wrong. If anyone is involved in terrorism, the action against him is justified but banning any group and putting its activists in jails is not in good taste," he said.

First Published: Sun, March 03 2019. 17:00 IST
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