Srinagar: The police on Thursday “requested” imams and khateebs not to deliver “provocative speeches”, as they believe the situation might “be exploited by vested interests.”
In a statement, a police spokesman said, “It has been observed for last few Fridays that after the culmination of Friday prayers miscreants force the people to assemble on the chowks and roads thus obstructing the normal traffic.”
“Many a times these gatherings are manipulated to pelt stones upon the police/security force deployments. In order to avoid such situations the parents are requested not to allow their children to take part in such activities. Youth are advised not to fell prey to such machinations,” the statement added, while asking imams and khateebs “not to deliver provocative speeches”.