KUWAIT: The Ministry of Interior has set a plan to safeguard mosques and husseiniyas with the start of the month of Muharram, Undersecretary Lt Gen Suleiman Al-Fahd said yesterday.

The plan aims to protect lives and valuables as well as to ensure the safety of all worshippers, “which we refuse to compromise in any way”, a statement by the ministry quoted Fahd as saying. “Diligent efforts on the part of security forces are key to the success of this plan,” the undersecretary noted. Moreover, Fahd underscored the need of diligence and cooperation between government bodies to ensure that the plan goes off without a hitch.

Meanwhile, a comprehensive security inspection campaign in various governorates resulted in arresting 417 people, including eight wanted for criminal cases, 53 wanted for civilian claims, 56 absconders, 187 for not holding IDs, seven for drug possession, eight for alcohol possession, 83 with expired residency visas and 14 wanted people, in addition to filing 776 traffic tickets. Also, a ‘butcher’ was arrested for collecting dead sheep from the desert, cleaning them at his house and selling them, said security sources.

Separately, the interior ministry’s relations and security media department yesterday strongly denied social media rumors about a central prison inmate who was beaten. It explained that during a routine inspection last Tuesday, prison authorities found some illegal items in the prisoner’s possession and confiscated them, after taking standard measures followed to deal with the smuggling of illegal items into prison.

By Hanan Al-Saadoun