J&K Remembers 'martyrs Of 1931'
13 July 2005
Srinagar: Braving the downpour, a motley crowd and a nattily-dressed contingent of J&K Armed Police assembled at the 'Martyrs' Graveyard' in downtown Srinagar to remember the 22 people who laid down their lives on this day in 1931. The function, in memory of those who 'fought autocratic rule' and set the foundation for a democratic society in Jammu and Kashmir, went on as usual at Naqshbandh Sahib despite continuous heavy rains since last night. People from all walks of life and political ideologies saluted the martyrs. Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, accompanied by state Home Minister A R Veeri, was among the first to arrive at 'Mazar-e-Shohda' (martyrs graveyard) to pay homage at the shrine of Hazrat Bahauddin Naqshbandi. The Chief Minister laid wreaths on the grave of the martyrs and offered 'fateha', the neatly-dressed contingent of the J&K Armed Police lowered arms and the police band sounded the last post. Sayeed said the sacrifices of the martyrs laid the foundation for democracy and people's rule in the state and their 'struggle against autocratic rule resulted in people becoming the fountainhead of power, the corner stone of democracy'. 'July 13 will always be remembered as a defining moment in the history of Jammu and Kashmir,' he said. The Hurriyat Conference moderate faction, led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, deviated from tradition and paid homage at the graveyard yesterday. The J&K High Court Bar Association, the Sajad Gani Lone led People's Conference, J&K Muslim League and the opposition National Conference also paid tributes to the martyrs of 1931.