Jammu & Kashmir

Jailing clerics, making students sing Hindu hymns exposes GoI’s real hindutva agenda: Mehbooba

A file photo of former CM of JK Mehbooba Mufti

Srinagar: Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that the Government of India is forcing its ‘Hindutva agenda’ on Kashmir.

Sharing a video that shows seemingly Muslim students singing Hindu hymns inside Government High School Nagam, Kulgam in south Kashmir, Mehbooba said that it exposes the ‘real Hindutva agenda’ of the BJP-ruled Government of India.

Referring to the shared video, the PDP head said that anyone who refuses to follow the GoI’s ‘dictate’, can languish in jail under Public Safety Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. She added that this is the cost that Kashmiris are paying for what she termed as ‘Badalta Kashmir’.

“Jailing religious scholars, shutting down Jama Masjid & directing school kids here to sing Hindu hymns exposes the real hindutva agenda of GOI in Kashmir. Refusing these rabid dictates invites PSA & UAPA. It is the cost that we are paying for this so called “Badalta J&K,” reads the Tweet shared by Mehbooba Mufti.

Last week, three prominent Kashmiri clerics were arrested under PSA by Jammu and Kashmir police and shifted to Jammu jail, the families of the said clerics confirmed to Free Press Kashmir on September 15, 2022.

The clerics include Moulana Abdul Rasheed Dawoodi, Moulana Mushtaq Ahmad Veeri, Abdul Majeed Dar Almadni and Sarjan Barkati.

Dawoodi’s close aid Fayaz Ahmed Rizvi earlier confirmed that he accompanied Tehreek-e-Sowtul Auliya head to the police station where Rizvi was told to leave and Dawoodi was detained. Dawoodi who originally hails from Kulgam and delivers Friday prayers in Kabamarg, Anantnag, is also the founder of a seminary in Anantnag.

The family of the Moulana Veeri, who was booked under the Public Safety Act in 2019, while confirming his arrest said that they too received the call from police officials asking them to report at the police station.

Similarly, one of the family members of Sarjan Barkati said that he was arrested by police on the morning of September 17, 2020 at around 6:45 am.

Earlier in the day, a five-member delegation from Islamic Organisations of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday called upon Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha to discuss several issues including the arrest of several religious clerics.

Talking to reporters after meeting LG Sinha, one of the delegation members, Bashir Ahmad, said that they discussed several issues with the LG, which included the arrest of several religious clerics over the past few days in the Kashmir Valley.

He said that they brought these issues to the notice of LG Sinha, who gave a patient hearing them and assured all possible help.

Meanwhile, talking to reporters, Ghulam Rasool Hami said that they raised several issues, particularly the arrest of religious clerics with the LG and he gave them a positive response.

“We received a positive response from LG Sinha and hopefully religious clerics arrested on various grounds will be released soon. We also raised the issue of fruit growers, who are facing problems in the transportation of their produce. The LG gave a positive response and said that government will take measures in this regard,” he said.


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