Desecration of martyrs’ graveyard triggers protest

By Javid-u-Salam

Pulwama: Residents of Karimabad village in Pulwama district demonstrated on Friday against desecration of the local martyrs’ graveyard on Thursday night. They said the government forces were behind the act.
The villagers said a contingent of the forces appeared in the
village during night and ripped up gravestones, grilles and memorials in the graveyard.
About nine graves of the martyrs have been desecrated, they said.
In the morning, the people demonstrated peacefully against the act, while clashes between the protesters and the police and paramilitary troopers erupted in the village again after Friday prayers.
The police and the troopers fired teargas canisters to chase the protesters away. The clashes were on till this report was filed.
A police spokesperson, while ruling out the involvement of the troopers, said the desecration was the handiwork of “some miscreants” who wanted shield those involved in setting a police vehicle afire on Thursday in Karimabad.
Police said they have registered an FIR in police station Pulwama against the “miscreants who burnt the police vehicle”.
“The miscreants have been identified and very soon action would be taken against them,” a senior police official said.
A complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama and Shopian districts of south Kashmir for the second consecutive day on Friday against killing of two local militants, Naseer Ahmad Pandit and Anam-ul-Haq Malla.
The duo was killed in an encounter with government forces in Vihil, Shopian on Thursday morning.
Shops and business establishments were closed and passenger vehicles remained off the roads.

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