Asif Iqbal Naik
Amid smearing communal tension in the aftermath of August 9 violence, people of Kishtwar cutting across to party and religious affiliation remember the five martyrs of 1974 and 1981, who laid their lives for establishment of Degree College at Kishtwar in 1974 and for grant of District status to Kishtwar in the year 1981.
On this occasion a function was held at Shaheedi Mazar Kishtwar, beside thousands of people from different walks of life including college/school students visited the Martyrs graves and paid rich tributes to them.
People of Kishtwar offered prayers and paid rich tributes on the graves of Mohammad Iqbal Zarger son of Wali Joo Zarger resident of Zarger Mohallah Kishtwar, Ravinder Kumar son of Dhani Ram Gupta resident of Near DC Office Kishtwar, Gain Chand son of Sola Ram resident of Nagni Kishtwar and Abdul Kabir Sheikh son of Ahmed Joo Sheikh resident of Abubakar Mohallah Kishtwar on their 39th death anniversary. All the four youths in their late 20’s laid their lives on September 13, 1974 for the cause of students while fighting for sanction of a Degree College at Kishtwar, where as another youth whose name is also Mohammad Iqbal Zarger son of Bahar Ahmed Zarger resident of Chinar Gali Kishtwar laid his life on January 17, 1982.
As per the senior citizens of the area, the reason behind the success of both the agitation is being ascertained as the bond of love and communal harmony between the two communities living together from centuries.
While addressing a gathering of prominent citizens and students, various speakers highlighted the various incidents related to college and District agitation. The speakers urged the people of Kishtwar to maintain peace and communal harmony.
The speakers strongly condemn the Eid violence and the killing of three innocent people and urged upon the government and administration to act tuff against the culprits involved behind August 9 violence. They urged the students to act as a bridge between the two
communities and advice them not to fall prey to anti social elements who want to contaminate their minds by soaking the seeds of hatred among them.
Speakers also paid homage to late Thakur Seva Ram Parihar and Ghulam Hussain Ahanger alias Arman Kishtwari for their important role in both agitations.