SRINAGAR: Residents of Eidgah locality in Srinagar are ruing the presence of unscrupulous elements, including drug addicts and gamblers, around the Aali Masjid, which they said has turned into a menace.
A member of the Aali Masjid Intizamia Committee told Kashmri Reader that they are witnessing frequent thefts at the mosque.
“These are the people who come and steal important items of the Masjid like microphones, mikes, donation boxes, iron fences of the ground and whatever they can find. We have also lodged a FIR report at Police Station Safa Kadal but nothing happened till date” the Intizamia Committee member said.
Abdul Rashid, an elderly resident from an adjacent locality said that he had a narrow escape few days back.
“Few days back after offering evening prayers at Aali Masjid, I preferred to have a walk but I was caught by three boys who asked me for money. They were using drugs without any fear. I somehow managed to escape. After that incident I never went to Aali Masjid for prayers,” Rashid said.
Spread over 300 kanals, the Eidgah is the largest open space in the old city, and also serves as a playground for local boys. A portion of the ground has been converted into a park, and on the other end, the second largest mosque of the valley – Aali Masjid – is located. A separately fenced portion of the ground serves as a lawn for the Aali Masjid.
“I along with my friends often come here to play cricket, but what we often notice here is beyond words. This ground is witnessing immoral activities, from drug addiction to gambling, especially in afternoon and evening hours,” a local youth, wishing not to be named, said. SHO Safakadal, Mohd Rafiq told Kashmir Reader that they have not received any complaints about any unscrupulous activities in the ground.
“We have not received any complaint so far still we will look into the matter and assure you of action as soon as possible,” Rafiq said.