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According to Dogra rulers of that day some 22 men who were terrorists and were planning to assassinate to then King of Jammu and Kashmir were killed by Dogra army. Thus Kashmiris started observing this day martyrs day wherein Dogras of Jammu then party workers and leaders of National Conference would also pay floral tributes to the killers of Dogra King. But situation changed and the day lost relevance and only few traitors for political mileage talk about this day. July 13 was a public holiday in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and a grand official function was held every year on this day where the chief minister or the governor would be the chief guest. However, the administration dropped the day from the list of gazetted holidays in 2020, after the abrogation of Article 370 and splitting of the erstwhile state into two union territories by the Centre on August 5, 2019. No function was held to commemorate the Martyrs’ Day in Kashmir to pay homage to 22 Kashmiri people who were killed by the army of a Dogra ruler on this day in 1931, officials said on Wednesday. Apart from the official function at the Martyrs’ graveyard, mainstream political leaders also used to visit it to pay homage to the 22 Kashmiris who fell to the bullets of the Dogra army while protesting the autocratic rule of Maharaja Hari Singh. However, the officials said, this year no mainstream political leader visited the graveyard. They added that there were no restrictions on the movement of people. But it is dramatic that Pakistan handlers have come out in support of those who had issued statements on so called martyrs.


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