Ex-minister, 9 others arrested for 'rioting' in Kishtwar

J&K Police Sunday arrested ten persons including an ex-minister and ‘top heads’ of Sanathan Dharam Sabha charging them with “rioting, criminal trespass and causing damage to public properties” in Kishtwar.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Kishtwar, Shakti Kumar Pathak, told Greater Kashmir that ten persons including ex-minister, Sunil Kumar Sharma, and top heads of Sanathan Dharam were arrested today for “committing several offences”.

“A case has been registered against all the ten accused under sections 147, 148, 447A, 452, 336 of Ranbir Penal Code and under section 3 of J&K Public Property (Prevention of Damage) Act at police station Kishtwar”, he added.

Pertinently, during a protest on Saturday, the protesters allegedly headed by top heads of Sanatan Dharm and the ex-minister in question had raised slogans against the police and the administration. The mob had torched governor’s effigy alleging that the police and the administration had failed to arrest the culprits involved in the murder of RSS leader Chander Kant Sharma, and Parihar brothers.

The mob also entered into the office of DC Kishtwar and damaged public properties including the official vehicles of Additional District Magistrate (ADM) and others.

RSS leader Chander Kant Sharma was killed by unknown gunmen on 9 April while BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother Ajeet Parihar were killed on 1 November 2018. On the demand of the local residents, National Investigating Agency took over from the police the investigation into Parihar murders.

In Sharma murder, there has been no arrest so far, although the police said one of the culprits has been identified.