Martyrs of July 13, 1931 Were Rapists- Mahraja Hari Singh’s Grandson

July 17

Congress leader and grandson of last Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir Vikramaditya Singh has called July 13, 1931 martyrs as “rapists, criminals and looters”.

Kishtwar Chief Judicial Magistrate Sudhir Khajuria has ordered SHO Kishtwar to investigate whether it makes out to be a cognizable offence, The Indian Express reported. Singh is the grandson of late Maharaja Hari Singh, the last Dogra ruler of Jammu and Kashmir.

The report said that directing the SHO to hold a preliminary inquiry, the CJM ordered that “if any cognizable offence is made out, SHO Kishtwar police station is directed to proceed in accordance with law”.

Singh had, in his July 13 tweet, written: “Martyrs Day should be honoured for those thousands of hero’s who have sacrificed their lives for our nation”.

“On 13 July 1931, plunder, loot and rape by criminals & jailbreakers in Srinagar city was put to an end. It is a blot on J&K that is glorified as State Martyrs Day,” his tweets read.

In July 1931, around 23 people were killed by Dogra forces outside the Srinagar Central Jail when they were giving a call for “Azan”, the complainant pointed out, seeking registration of an FIR against Vikramaditya Singh for his tweets.”