Says heavy presence of government forces creating fear and trouble
Srinagar: Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar Saturday denounced the use of pellets against worshipers including women, children and elderly at the Jama Masjid on Friday and stated that the “deliberate” presence of government forces in large numbers around the Masjid was damaging the centrality and sanctity of the spiritual centre of lakhs of Kashmiris.
A statement issued by the Anjuman stated that thousands of people from across the valley including far off districts reach the Jamia Masjid to offer Friday prayers but the presence of government forces in large numbers around the Masjid creates an atmosphere of fear among the worshipers and the use of live ammunition against the devotees after Friday congregation triggered chaos all around.
The Anjuman said the deployment of government forces in huge numbers before the prayers “also gives ample opportunity to certain vested interests to foment trouble around the mosque and to damage the sanctity and sacredness of the grand masjid”.
It said the Ajuman has time and again called on the administration to ensure no deployment of government forces around Jamia Masjid on Fridays “but the frequent pleas seems to be falling on the deaf ears”.
Anjuman spokesman said that the way prayers are held peacefully in Kashmir’s major shrines, masjids and Imam Baras with zero deployment of government forces, same model should be applied for Jamia as well so that people offer prayers in a free and peaceful atmosphere.