Grave Of Militant Turned Into Shrine In Rajouri

17 July 2008
Kashmir Watch

Rajouri: People in this border district have turned grave of a militant killed by[Indian] troopers into a shrine where they offer floral wreaths and pray for well being. The militant code named Abu Mawaiya was killed by Border Security Force (BSF) troopers in an encounter at Darhal area here seven years ago. The locals buried him near the bus stand Darhal in Thanamang area and constructed a tomb over his grave as they believe it has ‘spiritual power’. The dead militant, the locals say was Hafiz-i-Quran and hailed from Islamabad district in South Kashmir. According to the locals, they constructed tomb on his grave for him hold on Holy Quran. “Abu Mawaiya belonged to Harket-e-Jaehad-e-Islami group,” said a resident on condition of anonymity. He said, a year later, the family members and other relatives of the slain militant from Islamabad district visited Darhal area and offered Fateha at his grave and returned back. Interestingly none in the area claims responsibility of the construction of this shrine. The shrine has most of the rush of locals on Thursday. The police is tight-lipped over the issue. Deputy Inspector General of police Rajouri- Poonch Range, Prithvi Raj Manhas admitted that a shrine has been constructed over the grave of a militant in Darhal area. He has asked SHO to submit a report in this regard.