To douse protests, authorities collecting data about Imams, Masjid Committees

Government has directed revenue officials to collect the details about Masjids, their Imams and members of Masjid Intizamia committees, according to sources.
To douse protests, authorities collecting data about Imams, Masjid Committees
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Government has directed revenue officials to collect the details about Masjids, their Imams and members of Masjid Intizamia committees, according to sources.

Well informed sources told Greater Kashmir that they have also been asked to mention in their records of the Masjid, whether Azadi tarans are being played there or not.

"Few days ago, the directions were passed by the government to divisional administration to submit details about the Masjids, there location (Area name), name and details of Imam and its executive body (Masjid Intizamia committee)," said sources.

"The revenue officials were given time to submit the details in the divisional commissioner's office by September 20. However, only details from district Srinagar have been collected while other districts are yet to submit them," they informed.

Sources said the orders issued in this regard were not made public and was confined within the officer's knowledge. 

One of the officials told Greater Kashmir that the data will be collected across the Kashmir. "The details will be collected from every district. The concerned officials have been provided format in which they are supposed to submit the details required," he said.

"It is to be seen which Masjids are used for invoking sentiments of people for Azaadi. Which Masjids witness pro-freedom taranas and pro-freedom protests after congregational prayers," he said.

Informed sources said, "Government wants to ensure no Masjid is used as tool to instigate people for pro-freedom protests."

"The Imams and Intizamia Committee may be also directed to ensure no pro-freedom protests are taken out from the Masjid after congregational prayers. No pro-freedom tarans are played on Masjid loud speakers," they added.

One of the revenue officials, wished not to be named, said that they have received directions from the higher ups to collect the data.

"We are not able to perform this job. People label us as anti-movement actors. No one is ready to share details like name of Imam, name of committee chairman and their phone numbers," he said.

However, when contacted, Revenue Secretary, Muhammad Ashraf Mir expressed ignorance about the matter. 

He said that he had no information about it. "I was on holy pilgrimage (Hajj-2016). I returned few days ago. I have no information about this matter," he said.

Asked, whether he would be able to share information about matter in case this reporter calls after few hours, he said: "Now, we can talk over it on Monday."

Repeated calls and texts sent on the mobile number of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir went futile as he didn't respond to neither of them.

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