Reyaz Rashid

Arrested clerics were instigating youth: ADGP Kashmir

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Three more clerics from Baramulla booked under PSA

Baramulla: After the arrest of some religious clerics under Public Safety Act (PSA) in South Kashmir; three religious figures have also been arrested in Baramulla town of north Kashmir.

Those arrested included President Awqaf Islamia Baramulla Nazir Ahmad Khan, Imam and Khateeb Bait-ul-Muqram Mufti Ajiaz and Imam Dargh Aliya Tariq Ahmad Nampa.

Family members of the religious scholars confirmed to Kashmir Images that they were called by police for questioned and later “We came to know they have been booked under PSA for unknown reasons.”

Clerics arrested under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) kept instigating the youth despite several warnings, Kashmir’s Additional Director General of Police Vijay Kumar said on Sunday while speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a cricket tournament at Baramulla.

“We had ample evidence and that is why we had called them several times and tried to convince them not to instigate the youth, the people. When they did not stop, they were booked under the PSA,” Kumar told reporters in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

In the last few days, about half-a-dozen people, including clerics, have been booked and arrested here under the Public Safety Act (PSA), which the ADGP termed “the last resort” for the police.

He said the evidence against them can be shared with the media “if need be”.

Asked if there were more clerics on the radar, the officer said the police have evidence against others and will act accordingly.

“We have several instruments other than the PSA. We call them up (clerics) and try to make them understand. If they do not understand, then we act… PSA is the last resort,” he said.

Kumar also claimed there are reports against the banned Jamat-e-Islami (JeI) that it is carrying out activities secretly.

“Maintenance of law and order is not just the responsibility of the police, but everyone, be it civilians, forces or the media. This year, law and order was maintained very well, tourists came, the internet wasn’t shut down, the markets, schools and colleges were not shut. Who benefited from it? It is the society that benefits. We have to maintain this atmosphere,” he said.

He requested people to maintain law and order in the valley and said maintaining social order is duty of every single person

“Maintaining law and order situation is not the duty of Police only but people too can play an important role in maintaining a peaceful atmosphere,” Kumar said.

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