PSA slapped on Jama’at, TeH leaders
Authorities on Saturday slapped Public Safety Act (PSA) on Jama’at-e-Islami and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) leaders who were arrested on May 6 soon after they participated in the funeral prayers of a slain university professor, Dr Mohammad Rafi at central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.
Bashir Ahmad Lone 58, a resident of Saidapora Harwan district president Jama’at for Srinagar had led the funeral prayers of Hizb militant at Ganderbal and addressed the mourners while as TeH district president Mohammad Rafiq Shah was among thousands who attended the funeral prayers.
Lone, a resident of Saidapora Harwan is JeI’s Srinagar district president, while as Shah who is a TeH activist hails from Shuhama Ganderbal. A spokesperson of Jamiat-e-Islami (JeI) Advocate Zahid Ali said the duo was arrested following their participation in the funeral of Professor Bhat at Chunduna village.
“He (Lone) had a friendship with father of Bhat. He had gone there to offer jinaza(funeral). Lone saeb had tried to discipline the crowd after some vested interests, probably from BJP tried to get on stage, when Bhat’s mother and sister were having his last glimpse. This is his (Lone’s) fault. The other Shah has only participated in the funeral. This is all they have done,” said Ali as reported in section of media.
Bhat, prior to joining militant ranks, was a professor at Kashmir University’s Sociology department. He was killed in Shopian’s Badigam village along with four other militants, including Hizb’s top commander Saddam Padder.
Police official said both were involved in delivering “anti-national” speeches. “Both have been frequently participating in militant and civilian funerals, where we have information that they delivered hate speeches,” he said.
Jama’at spokesman said that orders to slap PSA on the said leaders were issue late last night and were implemented early today.
Dr Rafi Ahmad and six civilian was among four militants including Hizb commander Saddam Paddar who were killed in Badigam village of Shopian on May 6, 2018. (PTK)