Kashmir Crackdown- Top Sufi Cleric Arrested During Nocturnal Raid in Pulwama

March 19

Amid an intense crackdown against religious outfits in the Kashmir valley, the Government Forces arrested a prominent sufi cleric, Mohammed Amin from his home in Dangarpora area of Pulwama in South Kashmir.

Mohammed Amin, who is one of the most prominent preachers of this South Kashmir leads prayers at the prime Khankah-e-Mir Sahab (Alaihi Rahma) in Washbugh Pulwama. Known for his fearless speeches and vocal support to the families of conflict victims, Moulana Amin has always been a staunch supporter of people’s struggles.

Aged 52, he has been leading prayers in this South Kashmir district for more than 15 years and also runs an Islamic centre in the Wasibugh area.

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Meanwhile Forces conducted nocturnal raids in Kakapora Pulwama and arrested ten youth there while In Marhama area of Bijbehara at least two youth were arrested during Nocturnal raids.

A Police official confirming the arrests to The Kashmiriyat said that the youth have been arrested for questioning.

The Indian Government has started a massive crackdown against religious and political outfits in Kashmir since October last year which intensified after the Pulwama attack on February 14 when a local Pulwama boy rammed his car into a CRPF convoy killing 49 of their men.

Various religious clerics have been barred from leading Friday prayers at various places in South Kashmir including the Shopian and Pulwama districts and after the Pulwama attack, Jamaat e Islami was banned by the Indian Home ministry.

At least 200 pro Freedom activists were arrested, most of whom have been released, many including the chairman of JKLF, Mohammed yasin Malik have been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA).

Also, prominent religious cleric, Mushtaq Ahmed Veeray, Aijaz Ahmed Noori of Pulwama have been also booked under PSA.