Two Persons Arrested For Alleged Desecration Of Holy Quran In Kashmir

Two Persons Arrested For Alleged Desecration Of Holy Quran In Kashmir

23 October 2013
The Indian Express


Jammu: Over three months after four people died and 44 others injured in firing by BSF to prevent a violent mob from storming inside its camp at Gool, a local moulvi and his brother have been arrested by Jammu Kashmir Police for alleged desecration of Holy Quran that had fomented trouble in the area. Identifying them as Shabir Ahmed and his brother Abdul Latief, a senior police officer said that duo have been arrested by a special investigation team (SIT) constituted for probing the entire incident. Both were arrested from their native village Dalwa in Gool, he added. On July 18, an unruly mob protesting over the alleged desecration of Holy Quran at a local mosque the previous night, had gathered outside the BSF camp in Gool. As the crowd swelled and started pelting stones, the BSF along with local police resorted to cane charge and later opened fire killing four and injuring 44 others. The locals alleged that some BSF personnel had manhandled a local youth who was returning home after offering late night prayers at a mosque during the month of Ramzan the previous night. Later, they had entered the mosque and desecrated the holy book. The incident had led to tension across the state, with civil administration even imposing curfew in the area. The BSF, however, had denied the allegations, saying that it had intercepted a person moving under suspicious circumstances during night. However, as he joined by some other people resisted its personnel, they let him go and informed the local police. As both sides accused each other for the trouble, the state government had constituted a SIT to investigate the matter.