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Caretaker of graveyard roughed up for setting bodies on fire

Tension erupted in Paharpur under the Garden Reach police station area on Tuesday after locals alleged that the caretaker of a Muslim burial ground was incinerating decomposed bodies to make room for new bodies.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata |
March 25, 2009 2:23:05 am

Tension erupted in Paharpur under the Garden Reach police station area on Tuesday after locals alleged that the caretaker of a Muslim burial ground was incinerating decomposed bodies to make room for new bodies.

It was around 3 pm when some people reached there for burial. “After the burial,most of the people left. But a few of us were praying at the graves. We smelt something burning inside the burial ground,” said Mohammed Pappu,a resident of the area. According to him,they found some bones and skulls lying in a mound of dry grass and leaves.

Later,over 2,000 locals gathered at the ground and tried to beat up the caretaker,Sheikh Jumman. “The ground had been full for the last one year. He was probably making room for more bodies so that he could earn money,” said Abdul Gaffer,a local resident.

Locals also blocked the kacchi sadak and Ramnagar crossing for more than two hours. Later,police contingents from the Garden Reach and Watgunge police stations were called in. Jumman and his assistant Sheikh Jiauddin were taken into police custody. Till late Tuesday evening,no formal complaint had been lodged against anyone.

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