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On Friday, the Central government has banned the Yasin Malik led-JKLF (Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front) on the grounds of unlawful association under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

Union Home Secretary, Rajiv Gauba, announced the same. He also stated that the move is in accordance with the zero tolerance against terrorism policy, followed by the government.

Rajiv Gauva also said that 37 FIRs have been registered by Jammu and Kashmir Police against the Yasin Malik-led JKLF.

Two cases were registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI), including the case of murder of IAF personnel. National Investigation Agency (NIA), also registered a case which is under investigation.

The cases also includes the killing of four unarmed Indian Air Force officers in January 1990 in Srinagar and also the kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of the, then Union home Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, in the V P Singh government.

Yasin Malik is also an accused in the killing of Justice Neelkanth Ganju, who announced the death sentence to JKLF terrorist Maqbool Bhat.

The Yasin Malik led-JKLF is also accused of imparting extremist orientation and violence against the Hindu Minority in the Kashmir Valley.

Union Home Secretary, Rajiv Gauba told the media that murders of Kashmiri Pandits by the JKLF in 1989 triggered their exodus from the Valley.

Rajiv Gauba said,”Yasin Malik was the mastermind behind the purging of Kashmiri Pandits and is responsible for their genocide.”

In the last few week, Yasin Malik-led JKLF is the second organisation to be banned under UAPA(Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) after Jamaat-e-Islami(J&K).

Previously, The National Investigation Agency (NIA), on Tuesday the 26th of February conducted its first-ever raids on the residences of Separatist Leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Ashraf Sehrai.

The searches were carried out in a case related to ‘terror funding’, via the hawala channel, an official said.

Several other raids were also carried out by the NIA along with J&K Police, accompanied by the CRPF in full riot gear. The raids were in the establishments of separatist leader Yasin Malik, Shabbir Shah, Ashraf Khan, Masarat Alam, Naseem Geelani and Zaffar Akbar Bhat.

As per a report ,The NIA raids and the arrest of over 600 political workers across the Valley of Kashmir are a part of the Central Government’s latest ‘iron fist’ policy towards Kashmir after the February 14 suicide attack in Pulwama by JeM.

Most of the separatist leaders, were either detained in jails or they were placed under ‘house arrest’. Yasin Malik was also detained on 22nd February, from his residence.

The raids in Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s resulted in the discovery of several high end communication gadgets, incriminating documents, financial transactions receipts, bank account details.

Along with that electronic devices including laptops, e-tablets, mobile phones, pen drives, communication system and DVRs.

Sources told TOI that Yasin Malik is the only separatist leader apart from Tehreek-e-Hurriyat boss Syed Ali Shah Geelani to have a dedicated set of cadre to mobilise stone-pelting mobs at a short notice.

In 2013, Yasin Malik, travelled to Pakistan for ‘talks’ with Hafiz Saeed, which triggered his emergence on the radar of Indian intelligence Agencies.

He was seen sharing a stage with Hafiz Saeed in Islamabad at the funeral prayers for the hanged Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

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