Srinagar: Taking everyone around by surprise, MLA Langate Er. Rashid today defied the restrictions along with scores of his party workers to visit near Jamia Masjid Srinagar to offer Friday prayers as the mosque continues to remain under siege for the consecutive 19th occasion.
People from Nowhatta and adjoining areas of Downtown joined the devotees and started chanting forceful slogans against the siege of Jamia Masjid.
However a large contingent of police and paramilitary forces headed by prevented Er Rashid from entering the Jamia which resulted in scuffle between the devotees and forces.
Police used force and even dragged Rashid and tore his clothes along with two dozen devotees and were later lodged in Police Station Nowhatta, said AIP spokesman.
Earlier, talking to media Er Rashid accused CM Mehbooba Mufti of following dictates from intelligence agencies and Indian Home Ministry.
He said, “There can be nothing shameful than the act that the main historic mosque continuous to be under siege for 19th consecutive Friday and India myth of so called secularism and religious freedom stands exposed and it needs no authentication that the radical fanatic right wing Hindu forces have taken over control of India and are doing everything to make India a Hindu Rashtra.”
He accused J&K Police of working like Private Army for the current Nagpur run coalition and condemned the Govt. for facilitating “fascists like Mohan Bhagwat to throw venom against Muslims” but prevents Muslims from offering prayers in the largest and historic Jamia Masjid of Kashmir. (PTK)