Kunzar Town Tense After Sectarian Clashes28 February 2011
Srinagar: Tension prevailed in Kunzar town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district today following yesterday’s sectarian clashes even as authorities clamped curfew-like restrictions to maintain law and order. “Restrictions on the movement of people are in place in Kunzar town to maintain law and order,” a police spokesman said. Tension gripped Kunzar area, 35 kms from here, following desecration of a religious book for which one person has been arrested. Two youths allegedly desecrated a holy book in Kunzar town on Srinagar-Gulmarg road last evening. The rival group torched a residential house but timely action by police and fire brigade department prevented the fire from spreading to nearby buildings. Police have arrested Farooq Ahmed Wani and searches to nab the other accused Tariq Ahmed Shiekh, a resident of Handwara in Kupwara district, are on. Senior officials of the district are monitoring the situation. Preliminary investigations have revealed that Shiekh, who was an Imam in the local mosque, had asked the youth to burn the book as it was not readable anymore, official sources said. They said the Imam wanted to dispose off the copy of the scripture as per the procedure permitted by the religion. Civil administration officials are trying to broker peace between the rival sects to bring the situation back to normal.