Srinagar: Police have arrested a Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader after he allegedly vandalized a graveyard in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district triggering massive outrage among the locals.
According to reports, BJP leader Ghulam Qadir flanked by his security guards appeared in Kichpara village of Kangan on Tuesday afternoon and tried to forcibly make a path in the middle of a local graveyard. Qadir, reports said had also brought a JCB machine to create a pathway to the inaccessible land lying way behind the graveyard.
The villagers, reports said resented the move of the BJP leader and staged a massive protest. Chanting anti-BJP slogans, the protesters said they won’t allow the ‘hooliganism and misuse’ of power by the BJP leader to grab the graveyard.
Fearing the situation to go out of hands, the BJP leader fled from the spot along with his PSOs.
However, the JCB machine which he left behind was seized by police after locals brought the issue into the notice of police and Tehsildar, reports said.
“He was trying to create a pathway for his plot through Kahcharai land. On the basis of complaint, we have taken action against him. He has been arrested. The JCB machine too was seized,” SSP Ganderbal, Khalil Poswal told Kashmir Observer.
According to reports, a case FIR No 70/2020 has been filed against Qadir under sections 295A (deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feeling of any class of citizens of India) and Sec 297 IPC (Trespassing on burial places) at the police station Kangan.
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