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Description: Name: Keshav Nath Pandit

Father's Name: S.L.Pandit

Date of Birth: 20.1.1919

Date of Assassination: 9.12.1988

Residence: Noorpoora, Tral, Pulwama

Survived by wife (65)

He was the first martyr who fell to the rising tide of Muslim bigotry. He was brutally killed by a Muslim constable, Mohammad Yousuf No.616 who had the Jamaat-I-Islami orientation and was allotted to sneak into the police forces. Mohammad Yusuf was the policeman on duty at the Hindu shrine in Vicharnag and in the wee hours of morning pounced on the old Mahant, dragged him out of his room, tore off his sacred thread in Islamic fashion and forced him to read Kalima and get converted to Islam. The Mahant stood his ground and declined the offer of conversion to Islam. The Chowkidar of the shrine begged of the Muslim bigot and killer to spare Keshav Nath. But the policeman went on insisting on him to read Kalima. He kicked and beat the Mahant and ultimately struck him with the butt of his gun killing him on the spot. And such an act of bigotry on part of a policeman happened when Farooq Abdullah was the Chief Ministcr.

It is said that the killer was i lid a hefty sum of money for carrying out the murder.
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