Nine leaders booked for violating lockdown orders
Town police have registered a case against nine local leaders of Old City for violating lockdown orders and affecting the law and order situation.
Case has been filed against Congress leader Mohammed Yusuf of Golekhan, JD(S) leader Nabi Qureshi of Mustaidapur, MIM leader Sayyed Mansur Ahmed Khadri of Golekhan, Mohammed Vaheed Lakhan of Sidda Taleem, MIM district secretary Vasim Kirmani of Noorkhan Taleem, social worker Safiulla Beig of Maniyar Taleem, Abdul Hafeez Qureshi of Mustaidapur, Imbran Qureshi and Khan Abdul Haq.
They have been asked to give an undertaking on Rs 1 lakh bond paper and a surety of the same amount.
Some people had gathered in front of Urdu Hall in Old City on Thursday and staged a
protest alleging that the residents at containment zone have not been gettiing basic facilities.
People had gathered following a rumour that the deputy commissioner would visit the Urdu Hall to listen to the grievances of the people.
But when they came to know that it was just a rumour, they started shouting slogans against the district administration. Moreover, another rumour that the district administration would issue passes to the volunteers also made some people to arrive at the spot. However, the police rushed to the spot and dispersed the crowd.
Gathering of people was strictly prohibited as per the lockdown orders. But near Urdu Hall many people gathered and shouted slogans too. Considering this as a serious
issue, the police registered a case against the leaders on Friday.
Meanwhile, former CMC member Nabi Qureshi, who is booked by the police for violating the lockdown orders at Siddi Taleem on Thursday, claimed that he had gone to Urdu Hall to pacify the people and send them back home.
He said, his house is situated near the Urdu Hall and when people gathered near the hall he rushed there to advise them not to violate the lockdown rules at containment zone. But on Friday, the police filed a case against him, he added.
Meeting at police station
Police conducted a meeting of the Muslim leaders of Old City area at Town Police Station following the incident of people gathering in front of the Uru Hall at Siddi Taleem. The leaders appealed to the police to give certain relaxation for the movement of people in the containment zone. People should be allowed to purchase essential commodities, they demanded.
The deputy commissioner would call a meeting on Saturday and take steps to address the problems. But all the people should follow the lockdown orders and cooperate with the administration, the police said.