Srinagar: Rivalry between two groups, vying for the management of the local Jamia Masjid, is believed to have led to the today’s firing incident.
The rivalry took root four months ago over the decision of the then Auqaf Committee to construct a tomb over the grave of a spiritual leader who had been buried in the Jamia Masjid compound, which has been managed by his family for several decades.
The construction of the tomb, however, drew resentment from another section of people. The row led to change of guard in Masjid administration.
Dr Abdur Rahman Khadim, Chairman of Ziyarat Aishmuqam claimed that the district administration was supposed to handover the custody of the Masjid’s keys to the newly-formed Auqaf committee on Tuesday.
However, which many do not see a coincidence, the army launched a cordon and search operation and raided the house of one Minhaj-ul-Islam, a private schoolteacher who was instrumental in demanding the replacement of the previous Auqaf Committee and had opposed the construction of the tomb in the Masjid compound.
“Today’s army intervention was a conspiracy to scuttle the change in Masjid management,” Khadim told Kashmir Reader.
No office bearer of the Masjid committee favouring construction of the tomb could be contacted for their version.
Deputy inspector general of police (south Kashmir range) Nitish Kumar said a case has been registered and investigations have been taken up in the matter.
Pahalgam legislator and National Conference leader Altaf Ahmad Kaloo demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident. He said that the indecisiveness of the district administration turned the situation ugly.
“Today when the keys were to be handed over to new committee some people brought in army to harass the people who opposed the old committee. Who brought army into the affair?” he said.