State govt planning to arrest imams spreading hate in Kashmir
Srinagar, September 21: In order to curb violence and protests in the Valley, the state government has given directions to the civil administration to prepare a list of clerics and their mosques which are promoting anti-national sentiments and instigating people against the state.
The list is to be submitted within coming two weeks before the Deputy Commissioner, who will forward them to the Home Department.
“To avoid a police and public confrontation, we have asked the civil administration in all districts to profile the imams and mosques, where pro-Pakistan songs are being played,” an official in the Home Department told a leading daily.
The main objective behind preparing this list is to find out whether pro-Pakistan feeling s are being promoted in the mosque or not. The list will display the names of imams, caretakers and mosques which are involved in such seditious activities. The officials will also have to find out whether such mosques are run by the state Auqaf or local committees
The officials in all the districts have been given orders to follow this pattern.
After the list is prepared and a proper verification is done, the rest of the things like arrests will be done by the police.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti during her speech in the Legislative Assembly had also hit out at the imams for criticising her government by raising issues like Article 370 and civilian killings in their sermons.
The surveillance on clerics has raised eyebrows across the administrative and security apparatus of the state.