New Delhi: Within 24 hours of victory in general elections, Narendra Modi-led government has banned terror outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and its all affiliates. 

According to the ministry of home affairs, the JMB and its formations like Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India or Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Hindustan and their manifestations have committed acts of terrorism, promoted acts of terrorism and have engaged in radicalisation and recruitment of young people for terrorist activities in India. The ministry also said that the organisation is involved in multiple terror incidents. 

"Investigations have also revealed JMB’s plan of making permanent bases within ten kilometers. along the Indo-Bangladesh border in the districts of States of West Bengal, Assam and Tripura and plans of spreading its network in South India with an overarching motive to establish Caliphate in the Indian subcontinent," the MHA said.

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The ministry in a gazette notification further said, "Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 35 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, the Central Government hereby makes the following further amendments in the First Schedule to the said Act, namely:- In the First Schedule to the said Act, after serial number 41 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial number and entries shall be inserted, namely:- “42. Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh or Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India or Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Hindustan and all its manifestations”

What is JMB?

The Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh came into existence in the year 1998 with the objective of establishing a Caliphate through Jihad. 

The terror organisation was engaged in recruitment and raising funds for terrorist activities, procurement of explosives/chemicals and assembling of Improvised Explosives Devices (IED). 

The MHA added in the notification, “Involvement of JMB cadre has been established by the Investigation agency in the  Burdwan bomb blast (2nd October 2014) and Bodh Gaya Blast (19 January 2018).”

Moreover, the Assam Police have found involvement of JMB in five cases registered by them and a total of fifty-six accused belonging to JMB were arrested.