July 12th, 2012 09:14 EST
Srinagar Becomes Tense after Quran 'Desecration'
Srinagar: With the alleged discretion of the Holy Quran and also burning of relics by some unknown people in Lawaypora area on the outskirts of Srinagar on Thursday night, June 28, fresh tension arose in many parts of the Valley on Friday, June 29, triggering clashes at many places.
According to the locals, Alam Sharief in a local Imam Bargah was burnt while a copy of Quran lay torn apart.
"When we visited Imam Bada this morning, we found a copy of Holy Quran torn apart and also Alam Shareef burnt", an agitated local told Agence India Press.
Situation in Kashmir has been tense from last Monday after a mysterious fire destroyed the 200-year-old shrine of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani, in old Srinagar which sparked heavy protests across the Valley. To protest against the incident Kashmir`s grand Mufti Bashiruddin gave a call to march to the fire site today, but police imposed curfew in the old city and put separatist leaders under house arrest.
Reports said that as soon the news about the incident spread, people from the adjoining areas joined the locals and protested.
However, tension receded in the area and people called off the protest after Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar Baseer Ahmed Khan along with the SSP Srinagar Ashiq Bukhari reached on the spot and assured people of action against the culprits.
"I along with SSP Srinagar went to the Gund Hassi bhat and met people there. I have already ordered magisterial probe and an investigation which will be carried out by the police to nab the people responsible for the incident," Baseer Ahmed Khan told Agence India Press
Meanwhile, people in the area were demanding strict action against the guilty.
"First, it was 200 year old shrine, and now its desecration of Holy Quran. Government should act and take this issue very much seriously," said a local resident Waseem Ahmed.