October 13, 2020

PSA slapped against 3 Shopian school teachers, several under scanner: IGP Kashmir

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday said that three teachers of Jamia Seeraj-ul-Uloom School in Imam Sahab area of South Kashmir’s Shopian were booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) and five to six teachers are under radar after it came to fore that some of its students and alumni were involved in militancy related activities.
Inspector General for Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar while replying to a query in a press briefing at PCR Srinagar, said that school is affiliated with Jamaat-e-Islami and that the school was already under observation and right now
“We are taking action against some individuals, if need arises. We will take action against the school if needed,” the IGP Kashmir said as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer .
“Three teachers namely Abdul Ahad Bhat, Rouf Bhat and Muhammad Yousuf Wani have been booked under PSA, he said, adding that conduct of five to six teachers of the school are under surveillance.”
Meanwhile, authorities of Jamia Siraj ul-Uloom Imam Sahib Shopian have rejected reports that this institution is involved in propagating the ideology of militancy.
Chairman of the Institution Muhammad Yousuf Mantoo said that syllabus at the school is as per board and besides that only Quran is being taught in the school and if that’s the crime then they are ready to face any action.
He further added that dozens of agencies including IB, CIK have already conducted investigation about the institution in last few years and nobody has found anything adverse. “Three persons mentioned by IGP who have been booked by police are not from the institution,” Mantoo said.
He added that any agency is free to conduct an investigation about their institution any time. “We will cooperate every time. Mantoo said that Sajad Ahmed from Marhama, whose vehicle was used in Lethpora Pulwama attack, was a student of the institution before a decade after which he joined militancy.
He said since year 2000, School is functional at Imam Sahib and before that it was functional at some other place. “Since 2000, seven thousand students have studied in the institute and at present 650 students are enrolled in the institute,” Mantoo said, adding that among the 7000 students, hundreds of them are doctors, engineers and other officers, he said, adding that no body among the 13 students which were mentioned in the report went missing from the institution
“They left their homes to join militancy and how can institution be blamed,” he questioned.
He said that Siraj-ul-Uloom is an independent institution and is not affiliated with Jamaat-e-Islami. “Why is the performance of the institution being ignored,” Mantoo said. “If we are propagating any militant ideology, then how would have some of our students joined army and police.”


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