More arrests expected; such acts are unacceptable: SSP Sgr

SRINAGAR || Hours after anti-national slogans were raised by miscreants at historic Jamia Masjid, Police Friday arrested the main instigator behind the incident and stated that more arrests are expected in the case.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Rakesh Balwal said that they have arrested the main instigator behind the Jamia Masjid incident and more arrests are expected in the case.

“Police will not tolerate such kind of activities anymore and strict action will be initiated against the miscreants involved in the shameful act,” he said.

A police spokesman said on Friday afternoon, during Friday prayers in Jamia masjid a huge number of gatherings of around 24 to 25 thousand persons attended the congregational prayers.

“After the culmination of prayers about 25 youths started anti-national sloganeering for a while. There was also an altercation between these youth and volunteers of the Intezamia Committee of Jamia Masjid,” he said.

The spokesman said this created a situation of ruckus inside the mosque. Later they were dispersed from the mosque.

Meanwhile, a case in this regard was registered in Nowhatta under FIR no 16/2020 under sections 124A and 447 of IPC.

As per the Police spokesman, raids were conducted at different locations and the main instigator of the sloganeering namely Basharat Nabi Bhat S/o Gh Nabi Bhat R/o Hawal, Nowhatta was apprehended and formally arrested in the case.

“Many more suspected youths have been called for questioning and will be formally arrested as soon as their role comes forth in this case,” he said.

The police said it also came out that the main accused had received instructions from Pakistan-based handlers of terror outfits to disrupt Friday prayers in Jamia Masjid and cause a law and order situation.

“Further investigation in the case is undergoing at fast pace and some more arrests are likely,” the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Srinagar Police said that no attempt at disrupting peace will be tolerated and strict action under provisions of law will be taken against all those who get involved in such illegal activities.