Over 100 Khadims, Donation Boxes Removed From Major Shrines In Kashmir
Srinagar- The Waqf Board authorities on Thursday removed over 100 unauthorised caretakers of shrines and dozens of donation boxes in a major crackdown to enforce ban imposed on collecting donations through force or exploitative means from the devotees.
Following the directions by the Waqf Board regarding ban on unethical practices at the shrines, the officials have removed the unauthorised caretakers (Muajvirs) from the shrines where they had occupied the spots for decades.
Officials said that it was a very hectic process to remove these Mujavirs from the shrines as they had occupied the spots a few decades ago.
“We faced tremendous hardships while removing the Mujavirs from the spot, but successfully, we have managed to come up with the expectations of the people and all the Mujavirs from the major shrines in Srinagar, especially at Khanyar Dastgeer Sahab shrine were removed,” they said
Providing the details, the officials said that the administrator with the staff removed 35 Mujavirs from Dastgeer Sahib shrine, Khanyar, while 52 Mujavirs were removed from Makhdoom Sahib shrine and 15 were removed from Khanqah-e-Moula shrine.
The officials further said that 36 Mujavirs were removed from Aishmuqam Pahalgam shrine while 20 were removed from Chrar-e-Shareef and eight from Khawaja Naqshband Sahib Shrine in Khawaja Bazar.
The donation boxes installed by these Mujavirs were also sealed and taken into custody, the officials said, adding that at some shrines, there were Shama Daan in which people used to donate money, were also removed.
“The Mujavirs at some shrines falling under the jurisdiction of Waqf have been given a day or two to vacate the spot,” the officials said, adding that there are strict directions from the higher ups in this regard after complaints were received against these Muajvirs that they are involved in seeking donations forcefully from the devotees. (With KNO Inputs)
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