Questioning the Ministry of Home Affairs' (MHA) order seeking details of the Mosques in various sectors across Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir from the police, NC chief Farooq Abdullah, on Monday has said that the MHA may call all religious places' heads and enquire their activities if it wishes to. He added that he had not seen any wrongdoings in the mosques in all his visits, asking 'what is the need for such an order?'
"You can call the heads of the Mosques, Temples, and Gurudwaras and enquire about them, Mosques are for offering Namaz and in Gurudwaras they pray to Wahe guru. I am not concerned about it. Those who are in government ask them why they have sent such an order. What is the need for such an order? I too visit mosques. There are never any wrongdoing there," he said.
Earlier in the day, in a major crackdown on terror in the Valley, the MHA had sought the details of the Mosques in various sectors across Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. As per a document accessed in the matter, Srinagar's District Superintendent of Police has asked all zonal SPs of the district to provide the details of Mosques falling in their jurisdiction. In the details, the name of the Mosques, location, information about the Maulvi will have to be attached and submitted to District Police Line in the city.
The document, dated July 28, also asked the officers to submit the details on the ideological affliction of the Mosques. The officers are also asked to submit the details on the Mosques to the DPO Srinagar on July 29. The entire details collected in the matter will be further handed over to the MHA headed by Home Minister Amit Shah.
As per sources, the security agencies received information that certain Mosques across the Kashmir Valley are being used to instigate people into violent activities and they are reportedly being used as recruiting grounds for terrorists. Based on this information, an audit of the mosques across the Valley is being carried out by the MHA, in order to put a check on radicalisation.
This development has come only days after the Centre deployed additional forces in the state of Jammu and Kashmir to deal with anti-national elements. The Ministry of Home Affairs issued an order on late Friday night approving the deployment of 100 companies of additional parliamentary forces in Jammu and Kashmir.
50 additional CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) companies, 30 companies from the SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal), and 10 companies each from the BSF (Border Security Force) and ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police) were deployed. The forces have been deployed in order to strengthen counter-insurgency operations and law and order duties there.