The Jammu and Kashmir Police Monday said it has booked three teachers of a religious school in Shopian district under the Public Safety Act (PSA) after it came to the fore that some of its students and alumni were found involved in militant activities, reported a local news agency, Kashmir News Service (KNS).
Its alumni include Sajjad Bhat, an accused in the February 2019 suicide attack on a paramilitary convoy in Pulwama that had killed at least 40 personnel, police said. Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said the school is affiliated with the banned Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) outfit during a presser in Srinagar.
“The school’s name is Siraj-uloom Imam Sahib. It is not that this school has not been under observation. We have already booked three teachers of the school namely Abdul Ahad Bhat, Rouf Bhat and Mohammad Yusuf Wani under the PSA,” Mr. Kumar told the reporters.
He said about half a dozen other teachers of the school were under surveillance. “(Conduct of) five to six teachers of the school are under surveillance (under Section 107 CrPC). Basically, the affiliation of the school is with JeI. It is under surveillance, and right now we are taking action against individuals and if need arises, we will take action against the school,” the IGP said.
However Chairman Siraj Ul Uloom Muhammad Yousuf Matoo called these allegations as baseless. Taking to KNS, he said, “We refute these allegations, some of the students who had became militants had already left the seminary and were home for a longer period before joining the militant ranks.”
Regarding the Mr. Bhat, who is accused in Lethpora attack, he said: “We have no role in it. Sajad who police says was involved in Lethpora has been student here for some months and had left long back our seminary. He was at his some and reportedly was a mechanic before joining militants how come our religious school have role in it.”
He also refuted the affilations of the teachers with the school mentioned by police related to militancy, “none of the teachers which police claims were arrested have been our teachers ever.”
He added: “They talk about Baramulla student, he was here for 10 to 12 days in March during lockdown. Then some time back he had come back to submit form. … Even calls details were traced till Bijbhehra.These allegations are baseless.” He also said his institute is recognised by Government.
“We are open to answer every question to any media group. They can come and check our teaching and other affairs here. Anyone can check about our finances, syllabus resources. We are registered with income tax department. NCERT syllabus is being taught here. Our oriental college is affiliated with BOSE and Kashmir University.” (KNS)