SRINAGAR: The killing of a civilian and demolition of residential hutments in Sarore area of Samba in Jammu province has evoked strong condemnation from various pro-freedom organisations.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani in a statement issued here alleged that the demolitions were conducted on the directions of the BJP and Shiv Sena and that the Muslim community was ‘being targeted deliberately’. “Jammu Development Authority (JDA) is rendering poor people homeless without providing any alternate residential place to them and they are being punished for being Muslims,” Geelani said. The statement added that the people of the Valley would never leave their Jammu brethren on ‘the mercy of communal forces’. “We won’t allow the repetition of the bloody history of 1947,” he said. A Hurriyat (G) delegation led by Sartaj Sharif visited Sarore, Samba and expressed solidarity with the affected families.
A spokesman of Hurriyat Conference (M) while condemning the incident said that extremist elements in Jammu were being given a free hand to harass the members of a particular community.
Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a statement issued here, said demolishing houses of Gujjar community without providing alternative accommodation to them reflects the ‘pathetic policy towards the community’. “These incidents are a shameful act of ethnic cleansing being done at the behest of communal forces like RSS,” Malik said, adding, “Police and administration have become tools of oppression against Muslims of Jammu.”
Malik termed it ‘a conspiracy hatched in Nagpur to expel Muslims from Jammu on the pretext of freeing forest lands”, adding that Kashmiris ‘won’t remain silent over these conspiracies’.
Chairman Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah said that such actions against Muslims reveals the ‘fascist mindset’ of the authorities. He termed the killing of a civilian, Muhammad Yaqoob, as “brutal and inhuman” saying, “The Muslims of Jammu province continue to be the target of communal elements”.
Holding the administration and police responsible for the act, Shah said they were “promoting communal politics by shielding the elements associated with a particular political ideology”.
Chairman National Front, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, while condemning the incident, alleged that the “administration was hand in glove with the Hindu extremist elements in some parts of Jammu to crush the Muslims residing there. They actually want to make Jammu a complete Hindu region and as such are supported by Indian policy makers whose sole aim is to change JK’s demography.”
Chairperson Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Syeda Aasiya Andrabi, in a statement said that New Delhi is “overtly and covertly trying to get Hindu refugees settled in the state so native Muslims are being harassed, thrown out of the houses and even killed”.
“PDP gave a free hand to communal forces in Jammu to harass the Muslims and nobody is there to stop whatever is happening there. This is all being patronised by the PDP-BJP coalition which has staged a drama of so-called Governor’s rule and are controlling the affairs from behind the curtain,” she said.
“This is not 1947 when Jammu Muslims were massacred and made to run for their lives. Nobody will be allowed to even touch Muslims in Jammu as we stand by them,” Aasiya said.
Expressing concern over the communal tensions in Jammu, Muslim Deeni Mahaz (MDM) said minor skirmishes between Muslims and Hindus are being fanned into communal tensions so that Muslims feel insecure and migrate. “The Sarore incident is part of this vicious plan. Non state-subjects in the area have been provided fake domicile certificates. Criminals are being settled in the name of refugees whileas the original residents are being harassed and their properties destroyed. These Muslims have been subjected to the worst kind of state repression,” MDM’s Amir, Jammu, Moulana Nisar Ahmad said in a statement. He also expressed solidarity with the affected families.
In a statement issued here, the Bar Association while condemning the killing and demolishing of houses demanded registering of an FIR and an impartial probe into the incident. “For the past one year, police and authorities have been harassing and selectively evicting the members of the Muslim community of the Jammu region from their homes on different pretexts. This all is done by communal forces who want another ethnic cleansing of Muslims from Jammu region, on the pattern of 1947,” the Bar said.
President Jamiat Ahle Hadith J&K, Ghulam Muhammad Bhat Al-Madni, on his part, said that unleashing terror on Jammu Muslims, displacing them from their own homes, and indiscriminate firing on them was unacceptable. “Authorities should refrain from these tactics,” he said.