Mehbooba Mufti reacts angrily after midnight crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami in Jammu and Kashmir

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Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has reacted angrily to the midnight crackdown by the Indian security forces on the Jamaat-e-Islami leadership in the state.

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Mufti took to Twitter to express her anger over the arrests of several key Jamaat leaders. She wrote, “In the past 24 hours, Hurriyat leaders & workers of Jamaat organisation have been arrested. Fail to understand such an arbitrary move which will only precipitate matters in J&K. Under what legal grounds are their arrests justified? You can imprison a person but not his ideas.”

Among those detained by the security forces are Ameer Jamaat Dr Abdul Hamid Fayaz, its spokesperson Zahid Ali, former Secretary Genral Ghulam Qadir Lone, Abdur Raouf, Mudasir Ahmed, Abdul Salam and Bakhtawar Ahmed. The security forces also detained separatist leader Yasin Malil, who is reported to have been at the Kothi Bath police station.

The midnight crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami and Kashmiri separatist leaders followed the central government’s Friday’s order to deploy 100 additional companies of paramilitary forces to Jammu and Kashmir.

The latest development comes just two days after the Centre revoked the security cover of 18 separatist Kashmiri leaders.

The valley is gone into a turmoil since a suicide bomber blew himself while carrying more than 350 kgs of explosives, killing 45 CRPF jawans on 14 February. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had come under condemnation for going ahead with his film shooting despite being made aware of the attack.

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