Baramulla: A Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was inaugurated at Ussan Bangil village in Kunzer area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday.
Reports said that four Hindu families have stayed put in the village despite most of their community members fled away from Kashmir Valley in early 1990s when anti-India insurgency erupted in Kashmir. The minority families were unable to construct a worshipping place due to financial constraints.
In this backdrop, Samajik Vikas Sanastha, a non-governmental group came forward to construct the temple with the support of local Muslims.
Former minister and chairman of Democratic Party (nationalist) Ghulam Hassan Mir was the chief guest at the inauguration of the temple on Monday, which was attended by scores of local Muslims. The members of majority community said that they were happily living with the Hindu brethren and continuously miss the families who fled away more than two decades ago. “The property left by Hindus including the worshipping place is in safe hands and we take care of it while waiting for the return of Hindus,” a local resident said. It was not known who heads the sanastha and its mode of funding the temple project.