The Indian Army on Thursday held remembrance prayers at the renovated grave of Janab Maqbool Sherwani, a Kashmiri youth who was killed by raiders from Pakistan in 1947 for delaying their march towards Srinagar on Uri-Muzaffarabad highway.

The grave of Maqbool Sherwani is located in old town, Baramulla. The Army began the renovation work of the grave in April 2021 and it now stands completed. In November 1947, the raiders from Pakistan were indulging in plunder, raid and murder of innocent people in Kashmir. Maqbool Sherwani had successfully misguided the raiders on to the wrong path when he was asked to guide them towards Srinagar airport.

Maqbool Sherwani and his volunteers, comprising various communities with no military training, set up road blocks and demolished bridges, thus protecting the fastest access to Srinagar. When the raiders realised that they had been misled, they caught Maqbool Sherwani, mutilated his body and crucified him before firing 14 bullets on it.

The body was nailed to a plank and tied till the Indian Army got it down. Maqbool Sherwani died on November 7, 1947.

Two weeks after his death, Mahatma Gandhi paid tribute to him in a prayer meeting in Delhi to honour him. The Indian Army has named the Second Battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry after Maqbool Sherwani, which is known as “Sherwani Paltan”.