Communal Clashes In Jammu After T20 Win
25 September 2007
The Times of India
Jammu: Thirty people were injured on Tuesday when Hindu organisations protesting the beating of their community members by another group while celebrating India's victory over Pakistan in Twenty20 World Cup clashed with police. Police fired in the air and used teargas to quell the demonstrators in Rajouri district. A rally of over 1000 people was taken out by VHP, Bajrang Dal, RSS and BJP in Rajouri city to protest against the incident and alleged high handedness of the police in beating the community youth in Rajouri town, official sources said. Trouble started on Monday night soon after India won the match as some persons belonging to a community pelted stones on a group of people of the other community who were bursting crackers to celebrate India's victory over Pakistan. In the subsequent clashes and stone pelting, 23 persons, including an SP were injured. As the police tried to stop the protest rally, protesters forcibly broke the cordon and continued with the rally, they said adding police used tear gas and batons to disperse them. Irate over the police action, protesters pelted stones in city chowk and clashed with police, who later fired several round in the air to disperse the mob. Prohibitory orders have been imposed in Rajouri and 14 persons arrested in connection with the violence. However, the situation is under control and CRPF and paramilitary forces have been deployed in the town to maintain law and order, the sources said.