Masked man throws petrol bomb at Astana Babul Hawaij, a shrine housing rare manuscripts, handwritten Quran

Shrine houses Holy Quran written by great grandson of Prophet Muhammad

Locals say attempts are being made to trigger a sectarian divide 

Srinagar: Miscreants made an unsuccessful bid to torch a shrine at Chattabal area of Srinagar late-night yesterday by hurling a petrol bomb that exploded on a parked two-wheeler.

Locals say that the attempt to set afire a revered shrine aimed at “trigging a sectarian divide among communities” was foiled.

Police said that past midnight, miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at Babul Hawaij (Ra) shrine at Chattabal. “The petrol bomb however, landed on a two wheeler parked on a road side causing damage to it,” police said.

After the incident, police officials and the officers from the administration visited the spot to take stock of the situation.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary visited the spot and ordered a probe into the incident besides condemning the act in strong words.

Police have registered case under sections 78/20 under section/447, 427, 295, 436, 511 of IPC in police station Safa Kadal.

President of Itehadul Muslimeen Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari strongly condemned the attack on the shrine stating that shrine is revered as it houses a copy of holy Quran written by the great grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) Hazrat Moosa Kazim (AS).

Masroor Abbas Ansari said that some elements wan to trigger a communal frenzy by resorting such acts for their personal gains.

“It is clear that some elements are out to divide people on sectarian lines and we must remain vigilant to defeat these vested interests. We urge the administration to take strict action against those who are behind the act,” Ansari said.


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