As Amit Shah led Home Ministry is looking to tighten the grip over Kashmir and solve the situations, latest reports suggest even mosques in the valley are not beyond scanner. The Ministry of Home Affairs has sought a detailed report on mosques operating in the valley, including their location and information on their management.
In a letter to all the zones, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar has asked them to provide details of the mosques which are in their respective jurisdictions. The letter by the SSP reads: “Please provide details of mosques and their management falling within your respective jurisdictions as per enclosed proforma to this office immediately for onward submission to higher authorities.”
Marked as urgent, the zones were required to submit the information latest by 10 am on 29 July. The required information includes district, details of jurisdiction, name of the mosque and its location, name of the Maulvi, address and name of the chairman. The letter was sent to SP City of South Zone, Hazratbal Zone, North Zone, East Zone and West Zone Srinagar.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the Narendra Modi government has decided to move an additional 10,000 troops of the paramilitary forces to Jammu and Kashmir in the days to come. The order circulated widely on social media has added to the speculation that the Centre might have plans to do away with Article 35A, which grants exclusive rights to the state’s residents in government jobs and land.
However, Vijay Kumar, advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor, dismissed the report saying, “If somebody is causing panic or rumour on social media then I should not be countering it.”
Defence Ministry sources said the move is aimed at further strengthening the ongoing counter-terror operations in the Valley. According to sources, troops are being airlifted from various parts of the country for deployment in