Criminals taking refuge in religious places will not be spared
12 June 2001
The Asian Age
Jammu: In a bid to discourage criminals from taking refuge in places of worship, Unified Headquarters, which deals with security matters in Jammu and Kashmir, has warned that security forces will reserve its right to take military action as deemed appropriate against criminals who take refuge there. Voicing its concern against misuse of religious places, the Unified Headquarters in a public notice issued here last night said of late criminals, insurgents, terrorists and militants had been taking refuge in places of worship. The notice, issued in public interest, has asked religious heads and community leaders to ensure that places of worship are not abused by criminal elements. The notice by Unified Headquarters, which is headed by Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, comes in the wake of the siege of a mosque by militants in Shangus area which ended today with the killing of all six militants holed up there. This was preceded by ultras laying siege to a mosque in Khadawar village in Shopian town of south Kashmir on May 31. They were given safe passage to maintain the sanctity of the shrine. Two security personnel were killed and two others injured in a gun battle during the siege.