BJP protests, opposition corners govt over temple desecration

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Pardeep Singh Bali

Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Wednesday witnessed pandemonium after legislators from opposition and ruling Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) argued over the incident of alleged Jammu temple desecration.

Soon after the beginning of the question hour, the BJP Legislators led by Ravinder Raina sought response of the government and demanded condemnation over the sacrilegious act in Janipur temple in Jammu.

“Speaker sir, someone has entered into a temple in Janipur Jammu and has ransacked the entire temple. The incident led to the law and order probe in Jammu which is a bigger concern for the government. The Jammu city is on boil. We want the government’s response over the issue and the incident should be condemned by the house,” he said.

The BJP legislator was confronted by the Independent legislator Er Rashid and few opposition legislators from Congress and National Conference who claimed that the Muslim population in Jammu was deliberately targeted in the backdrop of the incident.

“Muslim youth are being targeted in Jammu and are put inside jails. The government should take due care of them as well,” Congress legislator GM Saroori said. Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took on Chief Minister and deputy Chief Minister for not responding over the issue. “Better would have been if Chief Minister and deputy Chief Minister were here and respond over the issue besides issuing directions to the house. It is a fact that whenever there has been any problem in the state the opposition has played an important role in restoring peace and harmony,” he said.

Omar said that the infighting in the house over Jammu issue would have its consequences in Jammu.

“If we continued to fight here then it will definitely have its consequences as people will also resort to such activities. The House unanimously should appeal the Jammu people to maintain brotherhood. We should condemn the incident,” he said.

The NC legislator blamed the government for failing to maintain law and order situation in Jammu in the back drop of the incident. “This is a failed government and is adopting anti- people policy. The only thing this government knows is to put people behind bars,” NC legislator Altaf Kaloo said.

Meanwhile CPI (M) state secretary Muhammad Yusuf Tarigami interrupted and said that the entire house should condemn the incident and asked the house to appeal Jammu people to maintain harmony and peace. “We have learnt that Yasir the accused was going through some psychological problem. We appeal the people of Jammu to maintain peace and communal harmony. Infact the House should play an important role in restoring peace and harmony in Jammu,” he said.

Meanwhile Minister of Rural Development, Abdul Haq Khan on the behalf of government said that the accused was a ‘lunatic’ person who has been kept under police custody. “On June,14 one person namely Yasir who resides in Doda entered to one temple in Janipur and performed sacrilegious acts there. The preliminary enquiry revealed that the accused has been a lunatic person who later was taken to the concerned police custody. Late some Pujaris followed by large number of people resorted to sloganeering in the area and Police resorted to Lathi charge on the mob. The mob set two police buses and one scooty of policemen on fire,” he said.

Haq Khan said that police was following the case and investigation has been initiated in this regard. “FIR has been registered into the case and the police station Janipur has launched investigation in this regard,” he said.

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