As beggars travelling from across the country to the Kashmir Valley swell in the month of Ramzan, the state police on Tuesday launched a drive against them and arrested 37 beggars.
According to a police spokesman, the Srinagar police launched a special drive against beggars who have swarmed the city these days causing annoyance to the general public. "On the directions of senior superintendent of police (SSP) Amit Kumar, the city police launched a special drive against the beggars. So far the police have arrested 37 local and non local beggars," said the spokesman.
A number of public delegations had apprised Srinagar SSP about the mushroom growth of beggars in the city, who create nuisance at public places and places of worship. "The menace of begging is assuming alarming proportions in city and other districts," said the spokesman.
All the arrested beggars were produced before the local magistrates under Jammu and Kashmir Beggary Act, 1960, who have ordered their push back to their native places. Kumar has reiterated that the drive will continue in the future also.