*‘Drug Addicts’ enter Srinagar Masjid in broad daylight, steal costly taps*
Tariq Nabi Bhat
Srinagar, Apr 20, Thieves stole costly taps from a Masjid in uptown Srinagar in broad daylight.
The shameful incident occurred in Mehjoor Nagar where thieves targeted ‘Jamia Ahilhadith’ Masjid.
An elderly man from the Masjid Committee told news agency Kashmir News Trust that the incident came to light around 12 pm when the sound of running water alerted a local who had arrived in the Masjid to give a call for Zuhar prayer. To his shock, all the taps in the bathrooms were missing with water flowing uninterruptedly.
“Over a dozen taps of superior quality have been stolen. It is probably the handiwork of drug addicts who are more nuisance than an asset to society,” said a local Lateef Ahmed adding that they have left now with no option except to lock down the Masjid after prayers.
There are no CCTV cameras installed in and outside the Masjid. “We haven’t approached to police and now we have decided to install CCTV cameras here,” he added.
Pertinently, last week, thieves stole a vacuum cleaner from the same Masjid. (KNT)