March 2017 News

Attempt To Fan 'communal Violence' In Jammu Foiled

12 March 2017
Rising Kashmir
Syed Amjad Shah

Jammu: Attempts to disturb the communal harmony was foiled with timely intervention of police and Hindu community people in Talab Khitikan area here Sunday. According to eyewitnesses, nearly hundred youth riding motorbikes came to Talab Khitikan area and shouted provocative slogans. The local Muslim youth objected to the sloganeering. 'We objected to the slogans being raised by the miscreants who parked their motorbikes near the Masjid and started shouting provocative slogans,' said an eyewitness. Hillal Beig, a local resident who runs a hotel outside Jama Masjid in Talab Khitikan, told Rising Kashmir: 'We prevented our youth from entering into any fight with them. This was for the first time that anyone has tried to disturb the communal harmony in the area in such a manner. One of them also took out a sharp edged weapon and brandished it while challenging the youth of the other community.' 'Sensing trouble after more Muslim youth assembled there, the miscreants fled leaving behind some of their motorbikes,' he added. After hearing about the incident, police officials and members of Hindu community from Rajinder Bazar reached the area and defused the situation. 'We are thankful to the Hindu community of Rajinder Bazaar. They played a positive role and defused the situation,' said a group of Muslim youths assembled outside the Jamia Masjid. Meanwhile, a video was shared on the facebook by some youth who claimed that they wanted to go to Bawe while passing through Talab Khitikan. 'At that time, we were at least 100. Most of them have fled from the spot after Muslims came out and opposed us. Some of the youths left their motorbikes there and left the spot,' said the youth in the video widely shared on FB. Earlier, activists of saffron groups riding motorbikes made repeated rounds of Gujjar Nagar area. Police prevented them from crossing though the Gujjar Nagar Chowk as precautionary measure. 'They came from the bridge when police intervened and did not allow them while other community youth also assembled. It was not a good situation,' said a shopkeeper, who preferred not to be named. Talking to Rising Kashmir, SP North, Vinod Kumar said police is keeping eye on the trouble-mongers. 'It is alleged that some youth went there and shouted slogans and it was objected by other side. However, SHO Peer Mitha and SDPO City North went there immediately and controlled the situation. There is nothing to worry.' 'This was the first time I have seen large number of youth on motorbikes doing rounds around the city,' he said but ruled out any organized attempt to fuel the situation. 'We have not registered any FIR in the incident. Both sides have claimed they are the victims. We are investigating the issue,' SHO Peer Mitha, Javed Akhtar told Rising Kashmir. Meanwhile, provocative posts were doing rounds on social networking sites. One such post on 'Save Jammu' page reads: 'Jammu city chowk ke andar Muslim community ne holi manaa se roka. Jai dogra. Jai Jammu.'