Mentally challenged person detained for desecrating shrine in Pulwama

Locals said some miscreants damaged the windowpanes and tore the curtains of the shrine of Sufi saint Syed Latif-ud-Din Anbali (RA) in Pahoo village of the district during Wednesday night.

IRFAN AMIN MALIK
Pulwama, Publish Date: Jan 10 2019 10:57PM | Updated Date: Jan 10 2019 10:57PM
Mentally challenged person detained for desecrating shrine in PulwamaFile Photo

J&K police Thursday detained a mentally challenged person for allegedly vandalising a local shrine in southern Pulwama district.

Locals said some miscreants damaged the windowpanes and tore the curtains of the shrine of Sufi saint Syed Latif-ud-Din Anbali (RA) in Pahoo village of the district during Wednesday night.

A local said one of the miscreants was caught by the people who were going to a nearby mosque for pre-dawn prayers. 

The miscreant, they said, was later handed over to Kakapora police station.

"It is a shocking incident, we condemn it. There should be proper investigation of the incident," said Abdul Gani, a local.

Meanwhile, some videos went viral on social media purportedly showing the accused whose hands were tied from behind being asked by the people to reveal his identity. However, the accused does not say anything. Some onlookers could be heard in the video saying that the man was under the influence of drugs.

Superintendent of police Pulwama Chandan Kohli earlier during the day said they were questioning the accused. “The investigations are on and the matter is being looked into," he said.

When contacted, deputy commissioner Pulwama, Ghulam Mohammad Dar told Greater Kashmir that the person was “mentally ill”.

"The incident should not be given hype because a mentally challenged man was involved in it," said Dar.

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