Jammu: The police have booked about a dozen people, including two BJP functionaries, on charges of attempting to incite communal violence in Rajouri town of Jammu region.
Atam Prakash, a BJP district general secretary, and Vikrant Sharma, a government teacher who doubles as public relations officer of BJP leader and vice-chairman of State Advisory Board for Development of Pahari Speaking People Kuldip Raj Gupta, are the key accused.
Prakash is the administrator of a social networking group on which Sharma had posted an image of Hindu god Shiva superimposed over the picture of Kaaba on September 14.
While Prakash is absconding, Sharma has been questioned without being taken into custody, a police officer told Kashmir Reader on condition of anonymity.
Muslims in Rajouri town have been observing a shutdown for the past two days after a Muslim policeman, who was transporting his buffalo, was assaulted by a Hindu mob that suspected the cop was taking a cow for slaughter.
“After the attack Muslims have been protesting demanding action against the miscreants,” the officer.
Abdul Rashid, a resident of the town, told Kashmir Reader over phone that such attacks have become frequent after last month’s high court order asking state authorities to strictly implement a Dogra-era law criminalising slaughter of bovines and sale or possession of beef.
A delegation of Hindus had met deputy commissioner Rajouri, seeking an impartial probe into the matter. They had also accused Muslims of disturbing peace by raking up the issue of beef ban.