SRINAGAR: The opposition and BJP created uproar in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday over discretion of a temple in Jammu.
The BJP legislator Ravindra Raina, while seeking a response from the government, demanded that the House should condemn the sacrilegious act in Jammu’s Janipur area.
“Someone has ransacked a temple at Janipur. The incident created law and order problem and Jammu city is on boil,” Raina told the speaker.
The opposition legislators, however, confronted him, saying the Muslims in the regions were being targeted after the incident.
“Muslim youth are being targeted and jailed in Jammu. The government should take due care of them as well,” said Congress MLA GM Saroori.
Former chief minister and leader of opposition, Omar Abdullah, however, pointed out the absence of chief minister and deputy chief minister in the House.
“Better would have been if chief minister and deputy chief minister were here and respond over the issue, besides issuing directions to the House. The opposition has played a vital role in restoring peace and harmony whenever any situation has erupted,” Omar told the House.
Infighting in the Assembly over Jammu issue would have its consequences there, he said.
“The House unanimously should appeal the people in to maintain brotherhood. We should condemn the incident,” he said. Another NC legislator Altaf Keloo accused the government of adopting anti-people policies while failing to maintain grip on the situation in Jammu.
“Only thing the government does is putting people behind the bars,” he said.
The Communist Party legislator MY Tarigami said the entire House should condemn the incident.
The government in its response said that the accused was a ‘lunatic’ who is in police custody.
“A person Yasir who resides in Doda entered into a temple in Janipur and performed the sacrilegious acts there. The preliminary enquiry revealed that the accused has been a lunatic person who later was taken into police custody,” said minister of Rural Development and Panchayats, Abdul Haq Khan.
He said Pujaris followed by large number of people resorted to sloganeering in the area and police baton charged on them. The mob set two police buses and one two-wheeler on fire, he said.
Uproar was also witnessed in the legislative council over the temple desecration in Jammu. Soon after the House assembled, the BJP MLC’s demanded the House condemn the act.
During Amarnath Yatra, such incident see a surge while asking the government to act, said BJP MLC Ramesh Arora.