Srinagar: A day after the District Magistrate (DM) Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah directed police to arrest those persons who will be found soliciting alms in public, religious places, the authorities on Thursday launched a massive drive against the beggars especially non-locals and arrested dozens of non-local beggars.
The drive was launched in various Srinagar areas including Lal Chowk, Maisuma, Sonwar and other adjacent areas.
Police arrested dozens of non-locals beggars including men, women, children and old in the public places after they were found soliciting alms in the public place.
Earlier, the District Magistrate (DM) Srinagar had ordered that “any persons soliciting alms in a public place, or in or about a mosque, temple or other places whether or not under any pretence, entering on any private premises for the purpose of soliciting alms, exposing or exhibiting with the object of obtaining or extorting arms, any sore, wound, injury, deformity or disease whether of human being or an animal, having no visible means of subsistence and wandering about or remaining in public place or in a temple, mosque or other place of worship in such condition or manner as makes it like that the person doing so exists by soliciting arms and allowing himself to be used as an exhibit for the purpose of soliciting arm, does not include soliciting money or fee or gift for a purpose authorized by law are authorized in the prescribed manner by the district magistrate, shall be immediately arrested under section 4 of the Jammu and Kashmir prevention of Beggary Act 1960 read with section 61 of the core of criminal procedure, SVT 1989.”
He had also directed the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar and SSP Budgam to implement this order in letter and spirit and report the number of such arrests on a daily basis.
A top police official told Kashmir Reader that they initiated a massive drive against non-local beggars.
“Non local beggars cause lots of inconvenience to the locals and we make sure that we make Kashmir a beggar free zone.”
Locals however have appreciated the move of the government. “I was aback to see no beggars on traffic signals. the drive against the non local beggars is worth appreciation,” said Shaqran Mohammad, a resident of Srinagar.
Witnesses said that the non-local beggars who were ‘irritating’ pedestrians in the Lal chowk were arrested by the Police and were lodged in Police Station Kothi Bagh.
Meanwhile, the locals termed the order issued by the Deputy Commissioner as a sigh of relief to them, saying that the beggars especially non-locals had created nuisance for the general public.