New Delhi: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Mehbooba Mufti, along with party workers on Saturday staged a protest in Srinagar against the government’s ban on Jamaat-e-Islami (Jel) in Jammu and Kashmir, news agency ANI reported.

The Centre has banned the Jamaat-e-Islami for five years due to the suspicion that it was funding terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen. According to the central government, the Hurriyat, a conglomerate of separatists, has been ideologically supporting Pakistan-sponsored violent terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. 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.

In a crackdown which was initiated against the organisation, authorities in Kashmir have sealed several properties belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami, including residences of some of its activists, police said. Several properties, including residential houses, belonging to various JeI leaders and activists have been sealed in many areas of the city and elsewhere in the Valley Friday night, a police official added. He said bank accounts of JeI leaders have been freezed.

Various district magistrates have also sought list of moveable and immovable properties of the Jamaat leaders. However, it was not clear if the move was linked to the ban on JeI or was done by NIA in connection with its probe into money-laundering cases.

The ban follows a massive crackdown on the outfit in the Valley since last week. Around 150 leaders and activists of the outfit have been detained in raids at several places across Kashmir. Kashmir-based political parties have criticized the ban on JeI.