Frenzied mobs of local Kashmiris gathered around the Central Jail, Srinagar, demanding the release of a mysterious non-state actor, a non-Kashmiri, an Abdul Qadir, who was under trial for a seditious speech reportedly made on June 21, 1931, after Friday prayers from the precincts of one of Kashmir’s holiest shrines.
As recorded in the Tarikh-i-Hurriyat, this apparent agent provocateur, most likely a British agent, who had mysteriously entered the state as a cook of a British Major, in his speech addressing local Muslims, reportedly asked them to use greater force, relying on their own strength to wage a relentless war against oppression.
He pointed towards the palace and incited the crowds to raze it to the ground. He reportedly said, “We have no machine guns but we have plenty of stones and brickbats”. Read More