Hindu outfits protest in Jammu, laud BJP legislators for beating Rashid

Jammu: Hindu groups and Panthers Party activists protested on Thursday against the ‘beef party’ organsied by Independent MLA-Er Rashid at the MLA hostel in Kashmir on Wednesday.
Led by their chairman Harsh Dev Singh, scores of Panthers Party activists demonstrated against Er Rashid, accusing him of hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus.
Condemning the state government for allegedly facilitating Rashid to organise the “beef party” at the MLA Hostel and make provocative statements during the said party, Harsh Dev sought registration of criminal cases against him.
Harsh also sought immediate arrest of Rashid for what he termed the most heinous offences openly committed by him in a government institution.
Activists of Hindu Shiv Sena also held a protest at BC Road area here demanding stern action against the MLA. They also burnt his effigy.
Patron of VHP, a militant Hindu organisation, Ramakant Dubey expressed anguish over ‘beef party’, accusing Rashid of disturbing communal harmony in the state.
Bajrang Dal activists held a protest and burnt the effigy of Rashid at Rehari area of the city and demanded his arrest for “hurting the sentiments of Hindu community”.
Bajrang Dal Provincial co-convener Rakesh Sharma asked the government to immediately arrest the legislator under the beef ban law.
They also appreciated the reaction of BJP legislators of thrashing unruly legislator for hurting sentiments of the Hindu Community.
Internet services remain suspended for hours in Jammu
Mobile internet services were suspended for five hours in Jammu region after reports that three cow carcasses were found in Ghari Dhanas area of Udhampur district.
However, deputy inspector general of police (Jammu-Kathua-Samba range) Ashkoor Ahmad Wani said he was not aware of when the ban was imposed and he had not been consulted.
“This decision was taken from Kashmir,” he said and added that there was no security threat to warrant the suspension of services.
No police or civil official confirmed if the carcasses had indeed been found. A police officer, requesting anonymity, said the police were investigating into the reports and anything concrete can be said once the findings are out.
Several Hindu wing organizations had called for a strike in Udhampur on Friday.