Blasphemous picture on Facebook triggers massive protest

2 govt teachers among 3 arrested; DM initiates probe

ARIF MUNSHI

Kishtwar, Oct 29: Uploading of some blasphemous picture on the social networking website, Facebook, triggered massive protest in this communally sensitive mountainous township on Monday.
 The trouble started when some youth noticed an alleged blasphemous picture on the social networking website uploaded by some youth of Chatroo tehsil, about 45 kilometers from here.
 As the word about it spread in the area thousands of people gathered in Chatroo township and staged a demonstration. Protesters, witnesses said, attacked local police station demanding immediate action of the youth responsible for the sacrilegious act.
 “The picture has been uploaded with nefarious designs and our sentiments are deeply heart”, one of the protesters alleged claiming that despite being informed police has failed to take any action against the culprits.
 The reports had instant reaction at the district headquarters, Kishtwar, where shopkeepers immediately downed their shutter. Panic gripped the entire township as some local religious leaders asked the people to march towards Chattroo.
 Police immediately blocked all the exit and entry points of the township. The district administration also consulted the religious heads assuring that immediate action would be taken against the culprits.
 However, immediately after the evening prayers hundreds of people, mostly youth, assembled at Jamia Masjid Kishtwar and took out a procession.
 Raising anti-government and anti-police slogans, the protesters reached outside the office of Deputy Commissioner Kisthwar, where they staged a sit-in.
 The situation was brought under control only when a deputation of the local residents, headed by Imam Jamia Masjid Molvi Farooq Ahmed, Ghulam Nabi Gundna and Hafiz Manzoor Ahmed, met Deputy Commissioner who informed them that the culprits, which also included two government teachers, have been arrested and booked under the relevant provision of criminal law by Chatroo police.
 However, the deputation insisted that the erring teachers should be immediately terminated and booked under Public Safety Act for creating law and order situation in the district.
 Following an hour long negotiations, the Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Saleem Muhammad order termination of the two government teachers, till pending enquiry.
 The District Magistrate in his order No DCK/12/1235-39 has written that the law and order situation was created due to the uploading of some blasphemous picture on Facebook and “prima facia involvement of Kishori Sharma son of Sohan Lal Sharma of Passarkote Chatroo, Banshi Lal son of Raj Ram of Khariyan and Keerti Sharma son of Moti Lal Sharma of Passarkote Chatroo has surfaced as per the report of Superintendent of Kishtwar:.
 “One of the person Bansi Lal is government teacher (ReT) posted at PS Khariyan and another Kishori Sharma (ReT) is posted at PS Trishi”, the order reads adding, “The situation has triggered law and order problem therefore pending enquiry Kishroi Sharma and Banshi Lal are terminated till enquiry”.
 The Magistrate also directed Superintendent of Police Kishtwar “to prepare dossier of the involved persons for further booking them under criminal law like PSA/CrPC”.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 29 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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