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Masjid, Holy Koran desecrated at Handwara
Police file case; Geelani condemns incident
SRINAGAR, Nov 3: Unidentified persons tried to set ablaze a Masjid in Bishroo Qazibad village in Handwara area in North Kashmir on the intervening night of November 2 and 3, triggering protests and general strike in the area.

According to the residents, the miscreants had taken out the furnishing of the Masjid and had tried to set it ablaze. The pages of the holy Koran, they said, were spread in the lawn of the Masjid.

“The people who went to the Masjid for prayers in the morning, found the furnishing in half-burnt state…the pages of the holy Koran were spread in the lawn,” they said.

After morning prayers, the people took to streets came out on the streets to protest the desecration. Shouting pro-Islam slogans, they were demanding immediate arrest of the culprits. The protesters dispersed peacefully after police assured them of thorough probe.

A complete shutdown was observed in the entire area including Langate, Qaziabad and Krakgund. The shops and business establishments remained completely closed, and the traffic movement was largely affected.

A police spokesman said in a statement, “During the intervening night of November 2 and 3 some miscreants damaged some furnishing and curtains in a Masjid at Bicharwari village in the jurisdiction of Kralgund by setting them on fire. People staged protests against the sacrilegious act this morning…A case FIR no 56/2012 under section 436, 511, 295/RPC has been registered in this regard and investigation has been started.”

It, however, is not an isolated incident in Kashmir this year. Since the destruction of the shrine of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA) in a mysterious fire in June last, several incidents of desecration of religious places have been reported from across Kashmir. The probe and investigations by police, however, have not yielded any results fit to curb the mishaps.

In a press statement issued here, the Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, expressed grief and sorrow over the incident.

He said that the events of desecration of holy places have become frequent, and that “it looks as police is maintaining a criminal silence over this.”

“The police toils hard and does whatever is possible to nab the peace-loving political workers and subject them and their families to pain and agony. But the criminals are moving under their nose and even patronized by police,” he said.

Strongly criticizing New Delhi, he said: “They (administrators in New Delhi) are bent upon creating a sort of political instability and unrest among the Kashmiri people. They want to damage the on-going struggle and are trying hard to develop disregard thinking about freedom movement.”
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News Updated at : Sunday, November 4, 2012
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