The Press on Demolition of Temples
J-K MILITANTS DEMOLISHED 40 TEMPLES,
SRINAGAR: Kashmiri militants have
destroyed at least 40 temples and 150 houses during the past five days,
even as pro-militant political leaders urged Muslim countries to enforce
economic blockade on India for the Ayodyha incidents. Most of the incidents
have been reported from rural Kashmir, especially Anantnag district in
the south and Baramulla and Kupwara districts in the north. In Srinagar
city, a temple and seven houses at Banamoholla and a cremation shed at
Karan nagar, Migrant houses at Jawaharnagar, Natipora and some other localities
were burnt. In villages like Wadipora in Kupwara, Chinigund, Verinag, Peba
and Doru in Anantnag, Shergund in Baramulla, Kokernang and Chack-e-Narain,
entire settlements of minority houses schools, Dhramshallas and Ashrams
were reduced to ashes. While official figures said nearly 14 hundred were
burnt, the minority community put it around 4000. Several precious Idols
of Antique value were also burnt close with the temples.
The house of eminent Kashmiri poet, Sarwanand
Premi at Amnoo in Kulgam was also reduced to ashes.
Dec. 31, 1992
Report on UMANAGRI TEMPLE
(FROM SWAMI SVOYAMANANDA)
On Dec. 8th, 1992 the militants attacked
and set on fire the Uma Nagri Complex. In the complex an old Dharamshalla
depicting the Kashmiri art and craft was not even spared and everything
was destroyed within the temple. Besides Sh. Dhooni Shab which was burning
since 1872 day and night even during the rule of Pathans has also been
set on fire. In addition to it the famous temple constructed of marble
stones inside a poll of water named Shiv Shakti Kund also was not spared.
It was recently constructed at a cost of more than Rs. 10 to 12 Lakhs and
with the help of people but it has been raised to ground by the hand grenades
by the militants.
|DISTRICT POLICE OFFICE ANANTNAG
No: DYSPDAR/ 1109
Shri Swami Svoyamananda, Ashram
Camp Kashmiri Pandit Sabha,
Ambphalla, Jammu Tawi
Kindly refer your letter No.1507 Dated: 25-1 -1993,
regarding demolition of Uma Temple by blasting on 8th Dec.1992. In this
regard the FIR copy of the said incident is enclosed herewith for your
kind persual. The buildings of the trust have been gutted completely due
to the fire. The Uma Devi Idol has been broken by the miscreants into the
pieces, but the structure of the Temple is intact. The iron railing is
Hence the report is submitted for your kind perusal.
(Superintendent of Police)
Enc:- FIR copy vide No. 40/920/S 436, 295.
DATED: AUG. 10, 1995
97 TEMPLES DAMAGED IN MILITANT ATTACKS
New Delhi Aug.9: As many as 97 Temples were
burnt or damaged in the incidents of terrorist violence in Jammu and Kashmir
from 1992 till July this year and 1747 civilians lost their lives in the
last 19 months, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
The Minister of State in the Prime Minister's
office Mr. Bhuvanesh Chaturvedi said in a written reply. 31 Temples were
damaged only this year, and added that security arrangements have been
made in vulnerable areas including regular patrolling by security forces
for the protection against possible attacks by militants.
From 1990 onwards ban was inposed by terrorist
groups on the annual Shri Amar Nath Ji Yatra continuously upto 1995. For
last two years the district administration of Anantnag has kept itself
away from making Yatra arrangements. The local Ponywallas, shopkeepers,
hotellers and suppliers of tents for Yatris have also boycotted the Yatra.
For Hindus the temples have been centers of spirltual
solace and places of philosophical discourses and discussions. Their desecration,
after independence, in Kashmir has ramificatlons ------ unknown till date.