Many injured in clashes over ‘cow slaughter’

Many injured in clashes over ‘cow slaughter’

Opposition members accuse RSS men of firing at Muslims, injuring 2; Govt says situation under control
JAMMU: About two-dozen people, policemen among them, were injured when two communities clashed with each other in Harya village of Kathua district.
Violence erupted over an alleged sacrilegious act—some members of Hindu community had spotted the head of a cow near a Muslim man’s house. Houses of Gujjar Muslims were attacked allegedly by RSS men after a group stoked passions by marching in the village while carrying the head of the cow.
The police swung into action and stopped the protesters but they showed resentment and reached Harya chowk where members from Muslim community had staged protest against the attacks. The two communities threw stones at each other.
The police tried to disperse the mob by firing teargas shell and also held meeting of elders from both the communities. It was learnt four people have been arrested so far and a case has been registered in the incident.
Meanwhile, Opposition created ruckus in the legislative assembly over the attacks on Gujjar Muslims allegedly by ruling BJP’s ideological fountainhead in Kathua.
As soon as the House’s second sitting began, National Conference legislator raised the issue seeking the government’s attention.
“Our Gujjar Muslims in Kathua were attacked by the RSS and BJP people. Their houses were burnt and they were beaten,” he told on the floor of the assembly prompting other Opposition legislators to join and demand action against the attackers.
Altaf said, “A 12-year-old girl Beena daughter of Shahabdin and another Sirajdin and three others were wounded in the firing.”
Quoting locals, he said the workers of rightwing Hindu organisation assembled and beat Muslims when they were protesting against the attackers in front of police.
Congress MLA Vikar Rasool said that members of Muslim community are not safe across India. The members stormed into the well, climbed on the assembly reporters’ table raising anti-PDP and BJP slogans.
Replying to Opposition, minister for parliamentary affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri said that situation is under control and is being closely monitored by the administration.
Veeri said that DIG Jammu- Kathua Range, DC Kathua and SSP Kathua are on the spot making efforts to pacify the protesting people.
“During the clashes between two groups, the locals damaged the house of someone belonging to the Gujjar community. Due to the stone pelting, around 9/10 persons have sustained injuries. One police constable also sustained injuries during the scuffle,” he said.

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