Two prominent religious scholars among seven clerics booked under PSA

SRINAGAR — Seven clerics, including two prominent religious scholars, were arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA) in the past 24 hours in the Kashmir Valley.

Quoting a senior police officer The Hindu reported that on Thursday that two religious figures and five Jamaat-e-Islami activists were arrested under the PSA so far.

According to the report, those arrested include Moulana Abdul Rasheed Dawoodi, patron, Tehreek-e-Soutul Awliya; Moulana Mushtaq Ahmad Veeri, a prominent figure of the Jamiat-Ahle Hadees and clerics of the banned JeI as Fahim Ramzan and Gazi Moinudin.

Reports said that they were shifted from the Kashmir Valley to a Jammu jail.

Quoting sources reports said Abdul Majeed Dar Almadni, also affiliated to the Jamiat-Ahle Hadees, was also detained. However, officials could not confirm it immediately.

This is the first major clampdown on clerics representing different schools of Islamic thought in J&K since the Centre ended its special constitutional position on August 5, 2019.

Quoting sources reports said that they were booked for their religious sermons that the government thinks are “intolerable”.

“The government thinks that there sermons could radicalise people and that is the reason for their arrest,” The Indian Express quoted a police officer as having said.