Inspector General of Police, Vijay Kumar
Inspector General of Police, Vijay Kumar

BARAMULLA — Additional Deputy General of Police (ADGP) Kashmir, Vijay Kumar on Saturday said that religious preachers booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) were instigating youth despite being warned several times.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a cricket tournament at Baramulla, Kumar, as per the news agency KNO, said that they had warned these people many times, but they didn’t budge.

“There are reports that some of the clerics are doing the same practice but soon after getting the proper evidence, they too will be booked,” he said.

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He added that they have other legal options to curb them, while some are being sensitised and let go. “However, Public Safety Act is the last option when someone continues to indulge in the wrong practice.”

“Maintaining law and order situation is not the duty of Police only but people too can play an important role in maintaining a peaceful atmosphere,” Kumar said.

He also said that over the last few years, the situation remained calm while tourists also visited the Valley in good numbers and internet services were also not snapped. “Calm situation benefits all and this has been proven over the past few years,” he said.

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Notably, over the last few days, several religious clerics were arrested and a few of them were booked under PSA in the Kashmir Valley.

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