Monday, 18 August 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014
No role of government forces: Police
Pulwama, August 18: Massive protest broke out in Sambora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district after locals alleged that the a religious board and banners were desecrated and brought down by government forces during intervening night of Monday.
Police have denied the role of forces in the incident.
The locals of the Samboora on Monday morning took to streets and staged a strong protest against government forces. “Men, women and children of the area were stunned after they found several banners and a board on which Quranic verses, pro-freedom and pro-Jihad slogans were inscribed on ground. They were trampled under boots and people became infuriated,” a local, Abdul Majeed said.

Sources said a large board was near local ‘martyrs’ graveyard’. “This area is one of the bastions of pro-freedom activities in Pulwama district. These types of boards are common here,” they said.

“Since attacks on BSF and police in Kadlabal and Galandar, the forces continue to patrol the area and who would dare to do this sacrilegious act and that too during night,” Muhammad Yaseen, another local, said.

Eyewitnesses said the protesters blocked Kakpora-Srinagar road and were chanting pro-freedom slogans. “However, no police or civil official bothered to come and pacify protesters,” they said. The protesters, they said, later dispersed peacefully.
Meanwhile, a senior police official said that police, army or paramilitary have no role in the incident. He, however, confirmed that the boards and flags were removed. “But, some locals are involved in it and now they are doing propaganda against forces,” he said. The official further added: “On some flags, ‘Al-Jihado Wal-Jihad’ was written.”
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