Desecration of graveyard triggers protest at Sumbal

LOCALS ALLEGE CONTRACTOR-OFFICIAL NEXUS, DEMAND ACTION

SUHAIL AJMAL

Sumbal (Bandipora), Nov 12: People on Tuesday staged massive protest against alleged desecration of a graveyard at Tengpora here and demanded action against the accused. 
 Hundreds of people assembled here and staged protest against a private contractor and the district administration for allegedly desecrating a portion of the graveyard.
 “Some senior officials helped the contractor to acquire 50 Kanals of migrant land including 5.20 Malras of adjacent graveyard for construction of a housing colony. A team of officers led by Deputy Commissioner Bandipora had assured us that that the graveyard would not be touched. However when the contractor started excavation near the graveyard we strongly objected and raised the issue with the district administration. Ironically, not a single official listened to our pleas,” the protesters alleged.
 They alleged that on Sunday night the contractor dug up the graveyard. Sight of human skeletons and decayed bones scattered near the graveyard enraged the villagers and they staged protest. 
 “The district administration has facilitated desecration of the graveyard. We cannot tolerate desecration of the graveyard and would not sit unless the accused are brought to justice,” they said.
 They threatened to stage protest during the visit of the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to Sumbal on November 14 if action against the accused is not taken.  
 When contacted Tehsildar Sumbal Muhammad Rafi said that excavation work on the spot had been stopped following objection by the locals.
 “The land and the graveyard were already demarcated. However some skeletons might have come under machines,” he said.
 When asked what was being constructed on the land, the Tehsildar refused to comment.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 12 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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