Police Detain 5 For Torching Mosques, Shrine


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TRAL – Police on Saturday announced a cash reward of Rs one lakh who would provide information about the miscreants responsible for the torching of a shrine and desecration of few mosques in Tral town of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

A police official told Kashmir News Trust they have detained five persons for questioning in this regard and investigation has been going on at the rate of knots.

Pertinently, miscreants had desecrated mosques and shrines in South Kashmir’s Tral town while they also set ablaze the shrine of Mir Syed Hamdan (RA) at Kounsar Bal area of the same town. The incident left people fuming who are demanding stern action against these miscreants.

In the torching of shrine case police have lodged an FIR vide number 90/2019 under section 295, 436 while Tehsildar Tral Zubair Ahmed has been appointed as Inquiry Officer who will submit his report in stipulated time.

During the intervening night of November 17 and 18, miscreants targeted three mosques and a shrine in the same town. The miscreants had smashed the window panes of Masjid Sharif Bait-ul-Muzam at Ratherpora Dadsara, Masjid Sharif Naikpora Amerabad Tral and Masjid Sharif Sangrama. Miscreants had targeted the Shrine of Hazrat Syed Akbaruddin (RA) at Dadsara and even set matting of Masjid Sharif Naikpora at Amerabad Tral on fire. The incidents had sparked protests while police stations Awantipora and Tral taking cognizance of these incidents and registered formal FIR’s vide numbers 86/2019 and 140/2019 in this regard.

District Administration Pulwama had appointed ADC Tral, Shabir Raina as Inquiry Officer who had visited spots of incident and had assured that he will file the report within a week’s time. However, no such report has been submitted so for.

Even Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu had conveyed that such acts are designed to arouse passion among the people and hurt their sentiments and such acts will not be tolerated. He had directed the DG Police to strengthen security of shrines across Jammu and Kashmir. He had also directed Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to take immediate measures at government expenses so as to restore the pristine glory of the said shrine.

A police official said that investigation is going on in right directions and so for they have detained 5 persons for questioning. He said that a cash reward of Rs one lakh will be given to person who will provide any clue about the elements involved in these acts. (KNT)

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