Not affiliated with Jamaat, we are an independent organisation, says Jamia Seeraj-ul-Uloom School

‘How is the school responsible if someone joins militancy 4 years after graduating from here?’ 

Anantnag: After the Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday said that three teachers of Jamia Seeraj-ul-Uloom School in Imam Sahab area of South Kashmir’s Shopian were booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) and five to six teachers are under the radar after it came to fore that some of its students and alumni were “involved in militancy-related activities”, the Chairperson has refuted police’s claims.

“We are not affiliated with any organisation. The institution is run by an autonomous body. Initially the resources were donated by one person and it is now run by a trust. If it was associated with Jamaat-e-Islami, as claimed, then people across party lines would not have participated in the functions here,” Chairperson of the institution Muhammad Yousuf Mantoo said.

“We have invited even congress leaders to our functions,” Mantoo added.

Inspector General for Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar while replying to a query in a press briefing at PCR Srinagar, has said that school is affiliated with Jamaat-e-Islami and that the school was already under observation.

“Three teachers namely Abdul Ahad Bhat, Rouf Bhat and Muhammad Yousuf Wani have been booked under PSA,” he said, adding that “conduct of five to six teachers of the school is under surveillance.”

However, Mantoo refutes the charge, “this is wrong, there is no one here by that name.”

“There are people here from across the spectrum, like in society, and we teach in the same society,” he said, adding, “from our institute no one has joined militancy.”

“Someone who has graduated and joined other institutes, and after 4 years they joined some organisation, how are we responsible?” he asked.

“The Police has taken some names, one by the name of Sajjad. That person was in 6th class when he left this place. After that he was working as a mechanic, then he joined militancy. How is the institute responsible?” Matoo said.

“Students who have graduated from here are doctors, engineers, and many are in the police or army now,” he said.

Saying that the institute is ready for investigation, Mantoo said that “many came here and investigated, checked records, and we have been cooperative, and nothing was found. If anyone wants to investigate again, we are ready.”

“Police and Admin is always invited to our functions. SSP Sandeep Chowdarhy was also present at one function. He had said then he was very impressed with our functioning.”

Inspector General for Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar while replying to a query in a press briefing at PCR Srinagar, said “we are taking action against some individuals if the need arises. We will take action against the school if needed.”


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