Shab-e-Barat prayers: Over 20 persons arrested for violating prohibitory orders in Bandipora

Over 20 persons were arrested in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district after they violated the prohibitory orders issued in connection with the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, officials said on Thursday.

A police official told Greater Kashmir that a group of people attempted to offer congregational late night prayers in view of Shab-e-Barat at a local mosque in Nesbal village of Sumbal.

He said the arrests were made as the villagers violated section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) by gathering at a mosque despite the clear orders from the administration in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Station House Officer (SHO), Sumbal, Muneeb Ul Islam confirmed the arrest of over two dozen persons. He said a case under relevant sections of law has been registered and further investigation taken up.