20 chargesheeted for setting ablaze govt property

J&K Police filed chargesheets against 20 persons for setting ablaze government property worth crores of rupees at Tangmarg on Srinagar-Gulmarg road during last year`s summer unrest.

Last Updated: Dec 13, 2011, 20:47 PM IST

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday
filed chargesheets against 20 persons for setting ablaze
government property worth crores of rupees at Tangmarg on
Srinagar-Gulmarg road during last year`s summer unrest.

"We have filed chargesheet against 20 persons in the
competent court of law for setting ablaze government property
worth crores of rupees at Tangmarg on September 13 last year,"
a police spokesman said.

Five persons were killed and scores others injured in the
firing by security forces after an unruly mob set ablaze
almost all government offices and a missionary school in the
town, 38 km from here, during a protest against alleged
desecration of a holy book in the US.

The spokesman said 15 accused were produced before the
court and chargesheeted along with five persons -- who passed
away during the course of probe -- for rioting, possessing
weapons at riot, attempt to murder, culpable homicide, etc.

A case was registered in the Tangmarg police station
following the incident and during the course of investigation,
police identified the accused persons who were leading the mob
and orchestrated the arson, through photographs, video-clips
and eyewitnesses, the spokesman said.

Last month, Jammu and Kashmir government announced
construction of a mini-secretariat in the town to accommodate
all its offices which were gutted in the incident.

The mini-secretariat will be constructed at a cost of Rs
34 crore.

PTI