Srinagar: Jammu and
Kashmir Police Tuesday formally charged 20 persons for setting
ablaze public property worth crores of rupees in the north Kashmir
town of Tangmarg during last year's summer unrest.
A police statement issued here Tuesday evening said, "Baramulla
police today presented a charge sheet against 20 persons in the
competent court of law for setting ablaze government property
worth crores of rupees at Tangmarg last year."
"The incident had happened on September 13, 2010, when an unruly
mob wrought destruction and devastation at Tangmarg town by
burning down different government buildings, including the tehsil
office complex, animal husbandry department building, social
welfare office building and Tyndale Biscoe School building among
This is the first time that police have formally filed charges
against someone in connection with arson and destruction of public
property during the unrest.
Total of 210 persons died in bloody clashes with security forces
across the valley during 2010's summer unrest.
The statement said a case under FIR number 91/2010 under sections
307, 436, 147,148, 149 of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) had been
registered by Tangmarg police station after the incident.
"During the course of investigations, police through photographs,
video-clips and eyewitnesses identified the accused persons who
were leading the mob and orchestrating the arson."
"Fifteen accused persons were presented before the court and
charge sheeted along with five deceased persons for the crimes
punishable under sections 307, 436, 147,148, 149 of the RPC", the
In the wake of the mass destruction of public property and
violence in Tangmarg during last year's summer unrest, Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah, union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley had visited Tangmarg.