India has banned the largest political and religious group in the Indian part of Kashmir. The decision comes after the most serious military confrontation between the countries in two decades, states the news agency AP.
India’s Interior Ministry has issued a five-year ban on the political and religious group Jama’at-e-Islami (JeI). The decision was announced on Thursday evening local time. India believes that JeI is an illegal organization that supports militia.
Indian authorities are said to have “closed” the city for security reasons to prevent protests against India’s regime. Crewed police and soldiers with automatic weapons lay razor wire to shut off roads and intersections.
Banned Friday prayer
They also patrolled the streets of Srinagar and issued restrictions around the largest mosque Jamia Masjid while banning Friday prayer there.
Indian police have arrested at least 400 activists and leaders, mainly from Jama’at-e-Islami, who demand independence from the entire area of the Himalayas shared between India and Pakistan. Both countries claim the area.