Srinagar: Days after Centre imposed a ban on Jamaat-e-Islami in Jammu and Kashmir, the state government spokesman Rohit Kansal on Sunday clarified that schools, mosques and orphanages have been kept outside the scope of seizures and sealing. “Action is being taken against offices, assets, properties and other equipment of the banned organisation,” Kansal said in a statement adding that the ban is for five years and subsequent orders to do so have been issued by the State Government and the Deputy Commissioners.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday banned the separatist group Jamaat-e-Islami in Jammu and Kashmir under section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The separatist group had alleged role in anti-national and subversive activities and were closely connected with militant outfits, stated officials. A notification of the ban was issued by the MHA after participating in a high-level meeting on security held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The MHA notification read: “JeI is in close touch with militant outfits and is supporting extremism and militancy in J&K and elsewhere. JeI is supporting claims for the secession of a part of the Indian Territory from the union and supporting terrorist and separatist groups fighting for this purpose by indulging in activities and articulations intended to disrupt the territorial integrity of India. JeI is involved in anti-national and subversive activities in the country intended to cause disaffection.”

Following the ban, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Mehbooba Mufti, along with party workers staged a protest in Srinagar against the government’s ban on Jamaat-e-Islami (Jel) in Jammu and Kashmir.