Anjuman's plea for not deploying forces around Jamia Masjid

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 5/12/2019 12:40:59 PM

SRINAGAR, May 11: Anjuman-e-Auqaf of Jamia Masjid Srinagar today made a strong plea to the government not to deploy security forces around the grand mosque to avoid trouble.
The plea was made a day after intense clashes occurred between protestors and security forces after Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid. Several persons were injured in the clashes during which protestors pelted stones and security men fired pellets and burst smoke shells.
Today Anjuman-e-Auqaf, which is looking after Jamia Masjid management, issued a statement which made a request for not deploying forces around Jamia Masjid.
The statement said, "On the eve of fasting of month of Ramzan and especially on Fridays, thousands of people from across the valley including far off districts reach the historic Jamia Masjid to listen to the Friday sermon and to seek blessings of Almighty Allah, and offer Friday prayers. But the presence of government forces in large numbers around the Masjid creates an atmosphere of fear among the worshipers and the use of live ammunition against the devotees after Friday congregation triggered chaos all around."
The Anjuman spokesman while strongly denouncing the use of lethal pellets against the worshipers that include women, children and elderly stated that “the deliberate presence of government forces in large numbers around the Masjid is damaging the centrality and sanctity of the masjid which is the spiritual centre of lakhs of Kashmiris”.
AAJ said the deployment of government forces in huge numbers before the prayers also gives ample opportunity to certain vested interests to foment trouble around the mosque and to damage the sanctity and sacredness of the grand masjid. He said the Anjuman has time and again called on the administration to ensure no deployment of government forces around Jamia Masjid on Fridays but the frequent pleas seems to be falling on the deaf ears as forces remain deployed in large numbers as seen on first Friday of the holy month.
The Anjuman spokesman said that the way prayers are held peaceful in Kashmir’s major shrines, Masjids and Imam Baras with zero deployment of government forces, same model should be applied for Jamia as well so that people offer prayers in a free and peaceful atmosphere.



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