Rajouri tension: Two govt employees suspended, one held

Two Jammu & Kashmir government employees have been suspended and a local youth taken into custody for engineering communal tension in Rajouri town which continued to reel under curfew since Wednesday night.
Curfew was clamped in the town following violence by members of two communities over beef rumours following which both sides targeted each other’s business establishments. Some business establishments belonging to minority community were also set ablaze amidst heavy stone pelting last night, making the administration call in the Army.
A local youth has been taken into custody by police on charges of spreading beef rumours, while two state government employees have been suspended for allegedly inciting members of the other community come on the roads, said Rajouri Deputy Commissioner Shabir Ahmed Bhat.
Rajouri Deputy Commissioner Shabir Ahmed Bhat identified the suspended employees as Naib Tehsildar Khurshid Tantrey and Zonal Physical Education Officer Pervez Sikander. Pointing out that curfew was clamped in the town at 8 pm, he said that it has been continuing in the town without any relaxation. Meanwhile, sources identified the apprehended local youth as Amit of Jawahar Nagar. He happens to be a transport agent. Sources said that trouble erupted after some local youth intercepted a tempo saying that it was carrying beef. Though those in the vehicle tried to convince them that the mutton was of a camel sacrificed by Khurshid Tantrey on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, the latter did not agree making the police to intervene. Though police after sometime released the tempo, Tantrey and Pervez Sikander allegedly went on inciting their community members come on the roads in protest. Police have registered four separate FIRs in the matter, one against those spreading beef rumours, another against those inciting members of majority community and the two others for indulging in stone pelting and arson.

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