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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014

After CM's concern, army removes graffiti from Zabarwan hills

Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, June 23, 2013
First Published: 18:43 IST(23/6/2013) | Last Updated: 20:54 IST(23/6/2013)

Days after chief minister Omar Abdullah objected to humongous graffiti pasted over Zabarwan hills' rocks in Srinagar, the army has removed it.

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The slogan 'Ajeet Hain, Abheet Hain’ (We are invincible, we are fearless) painted on the rocks above the Badami Bagh cantonment was visible from several kilometres. The slogan was facing a vast area of Srinagar city.

Unhappy over defacing of the rocks, the chief minister raised the issue at the recently held meeting of unified headquarters.

Later, Kashmir’s divisional commissioner Shalindera Kumar issued notice to the army, which was asked about the defiling of the ecologically-sensitive mountain. The administration also directed the army to remove the graffiti.

Sources said the chief minister, beside ecological concern, was worried about the political connotations of the slogan in Srinagar, where he is battling militancy and the deeply rooted separatist sentiment. 

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