Action on Islamic fundamentalists in Jammu and Kashmir: Police arrested many clerics

Action on Islamic fundamentalists in Jammu and Kashmir: Police arrested many clerics, central government strict against misleading youth

Sep 20, 2022 - 10:26
Action on Islamic fundamentalists in Jammu and Kashmir: Police arrested many clerics

Police have taken big action in Jammu and Kashmir. The police have arrested several prominent Islamic scholars and clerics. Public Safety Act (PSA) has been imposed on them. Some have been sent to jails outside Kashmir. According to the police, these people were instigating the youth. This is the biggest crackdown on Islamic leaders and clerics this year.
The operation began with the detention of two prominent religious preachers Maulana Abdul Rashid Dawoodi and Maulana Mushtaq Ahmed Veeri from South Kashmir last week. Maulana Dawoodi Barelvi is a scholar and head of the 'Tehreek-e-Sautul Auliya' organization in Anantnag, South Kashmir. Veeri is the religious leader of the Jamiat Ahle Hadith in Anantnag. He was arrested under PSA in 2019 also.
After their arrest, the police also arrested five activists of the banned Jamaat-e-Islami. Former Jamaat-e-Islami spokesperson Zahid Ali, prominent religious preacher Sarjan Barkati from South Kashmir and local Auqaf president Nazir Ahmed Khan have also been arrested. A case was registered against them under PSA. Anyone can be imprisoned for two years without being tried in the PSA.
According to sources, there was an apprehension that these leaders may oppose the opening of cinema halls in Kashmir. Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha opened two cinema halls in South Kashmir, which was once considered a hotbed of terrorism. A big cinema hall will soon be opened in Srinagar as well. Islamic preachers generally oppose cinema and liquor shops in Kashmir.
A video from South Kashmir has surfaced in Srinagar, in which teachers and students are singing Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram, the favourite bhajan of Mahatma Gandhi. The protest started because some of the girls singing in it are wearing hijabs. Teachers are teaching them hymns. In the video, around two dozen students can be seen singing with folded hands. The video is being shared a lot on social media.
At the same time, some political parties of Jammu and Kashmir have raised objections to this video. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has accused the officials of pushing the Hindutva agenda in the union territory. He said that putting religious scholars in jail and asking school children to sing Hindu hymns exposes the Hindutva agenda.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer