A mass crackdown has been launched against Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) in the Valley as dozens of its leaders have been arrested in nocturnal raids by government forces. In north, south Kashmir and central Kashmir, forces carried out nocturnal raids to pick Jamaat leaders and cadre from their residences.
A JeI spokesperson acknowledging the arrests in a handout termed the move a “well-designed conspiracy to pave way for further uncertainty in the region”.
“During the intervening night of 22-23 February, police and other forces launched a mass arrest drive and raided many houses in the Valley wherein dozens of its central and district level leaders have been arrested,” it said.
Those detained include Ameer Jama’at Dr Abdul Hamid Fayaz, Advocate Zahid Ali (spokesperson), Ghulam Qadir Lone (former secretary general), Abdur Rouf (Ameer Zila Islamabad), Mudasir Ahmad (Ameer Tehsil Pahalgam), Abdul Salam (Dialgam), Bakhtawar Ahmad (Dialgam), Mohammad Hayat (Tral), Bilal Ahmad (Chadoora), Ghulam Mohammad Dar (Chak Sangran) and dozens more, it said.
The oldest religiopolitical organisation which has above 5000 cadres said, “something seems fishy at this moment when the state's special position is listed in the Supreme Court. Article 35(A) which grants special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir is being heard within days and the way forces personnel unleashed the spree of mass arrest and detained dozens of Jama’at members prior to the hearing seems something is hatching behind the curtains”.
“Any attempt of eroding or tempering Article 35 (A) is unacceptable for people of Jammu and Kashmir,” it added.