The sole purpose of naming this “Boan E Baag” to Shaheed Park was to comemorate those bravehearts who laid down their lives while resisting dogra agression.
This garden of martyrs had been prominant since ages, not for the range of its greenery, pleasure or corporate co but for the reminisced martyrdoms fetched by 17 brave souls. All over the valley people were up to register their protests peacefully. On 31th of July 1931, thousands of masses had assembled outside the central jail with sincere reverances against the harshness of Mahraja rule. The slogan in the reticent throes only recognised a moan that invokes for the release of Ab Qadir Khan, the fiercy speech of whose had insighted freezed consience of Kashmiris at historical Jamia Masjid Srinagar.
29 Sep, 1931 has repeated another Jalianwala bagh at Muran Chowk Pulwama, likely where the unjustest Dogra Army fired precipitately on a peaceful protest, which ended up with the massacre of 17 innocent people, who were shrouded in the along side of this Boan E Baag, recognised as Shaheed Park after these memorial sacrifices. In the recent past, everybody from the teenager to eldery skull, is well aware, how the martyrs like Omais and others were shourded at this place and how their funerals were welcomed before inception in the graveyard, kept for martyrs on the along side of the garden.
Within the geographical vicinity of the park, there used to be Boys Higher Secondary Institute which had been shifted to chatapora. Always the students and the staff of the aforementioned institute would usually come out during lunch time and visit this graveyard of martyrs. They would make Dua for their forgiveness and would often praise and adore the martyrs cordially. Alas, that period gone!
The unfortunate plus corporate-co paved way for the admistrative authorities to enlarge the area of park, levelled it, and beautified it for public convenience and to uplift the westernization. It has been an utmost sorry in stating the actions happening now a days in this park. This sacred garden is used negatively and unheartedly by our younger generation. It has become only a mere place kept for dating (meetings) by the insane skulls of opposed physiology, where they used to discuss romanticism and crack immoral and lustful jokes on each other.
Often it is seen that teenagers would abandon their schools and colleges and take refuge inside this park to watch movies and upload their favourite pictures.
Moreover, The Baag of martyrs sounds to be a finest place for drug addicts and gamblers. Many of times they have been noted to abuse the opposite gender of our society.
How shameful and disgusting is this ? Defnitely we are going to dogs unless any miracle saves us. District Admistration, Civil societies, NGOs, with the sharp participation of local Auqaaf should take a serious note on this meticulous issue. Indeed, this is a very alarming situation. How could this sacred piece of land be allowed to turn into an epicentre of vulgarity and social crime. This has disturbed our social ecosystem and is going to inflict deep wounds on our society if not curbed, as soon as possible.