JAMMU: A band of hooligans, some of them drunk, stormed into government residential quarters for employees in parts of Jammu and shouted provocative slogans directed towards Kashmiri Muslim employees after India defeated Pakistan in a cricket match on Saturday night.
The revelers created ruckus by bursting firecrackers and waving flags inside the quarter complexes in Panjtirthi, Ahata Amar Singh, Rehari Nullah and Toph Sherkhanian.
According to the employees, the security personnel guarding the quarters joined the hooligans rather than restraining them from shouting provocative slogans.
“We were terrified when we found the guards had joined them. They were shouting ‘jis ko yahan rehana hai Ram Ram kehna hai (Chant Ram Ram if you want to stay here),” said Ali, an employee who wanted to be identified by first name only.
“They pounded our doors and windows before leaving. They had come to create communal tensions,” he added.
President of the Civil Secretariat Employees Association Ghulam Rasool Mir said, “We had no issues with someone celebrating India’s victory. But how can you disturb somebody in the middle of the night by raising provocative slogans. What is more unfortunate is that the security personnel joined them in creating disturbances insides the government quarters.”
“All this was done to provoke us. We did not react. The role of the security personnel is highly condemnable. The government should provide adequate security so that no Kashmiri employee is harmed,” he added.
Mir added that station house officer of Pucca Danga police station Ajay Bhat and his police team chased away the sloganeering mob, adding had the police not arrived, situation might have turned ugly.
Bhat said a few hooligans were taken into preventive custody.
“We had express instructions from the IG Jammu Danish Rana and SSP Uttam Chand to keep an eye on the miscreants to ensure that there is no untoward incident either during the match or after the match,” said Bhat.