Omar Condemns Killing Of Youth In Bhaderwah

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SRINAGAR — NC vice president Omar Abdullah Thursday condemned the killing of a person who was allegedly attacked by cow vigilantes in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bhaderwah valley, saying the frequency and severity of such violence has been a “dreadful hallmark” of the Modi-led central government.

“I urge the incumbent administration to initiate a time-bound inquiry into the incident and bring the perpetrators of the heinous crime to book,” the former chief minister said in a statement.

“Meantime I also urge the people to maintain traditional camaraderie and brotherhood. In this hour of grief, I pray for strength to the bereaved to bear the loss,” he said.

Curfew was clamped in Bhaderwah valley in Doda after members of a community attacked a police station and damaged several vehicles in protest against killing of a person who, they alleged, was targeted as he was involved in cattle trade.

The Doda district administration, however, ruled out cow vigilantism as the reason behind the murder and said that some people were trying to give communal colour to the incident to flare up the situation. 

Abdullah said the self-anointed vigilantes, knowing that there is no one to reprimand them, are rampantly indulging in such gruesome acts. 

“The utter laid back attitude of the incumbent central and state government gives an impression that there is a tacit alliance between the two,” the NC leader alleged. 

“The incident of Bhaderwah cannot be singled out; yesterday a Muslim in Assam was coerced to eat pork. Had the incumbent central government properly reined in these elements, such incidents would not have been recurring time and again,” he added. 

Congress expresses concern

The Jammu and Kashmir unit of Congress Thursday expressed concerns over the situation in Bhaderwah area of Doda district, where violence erupted over the killing of a person in a firing incident whose kin alleged that he was targeted by cow vigilantes. 

Curfew was clamped in the communally-sensitive area after members of a community attacked a police station and damaged several vehicles during a protest against the killing. Internet services too have been blocked. 

The Doda district administration, however, ruled out cow vigilantism as the reason behind the murder and said that some people were trying to give communal colour to the incident to flare up the situation. 

Expressing concerns over the situation, the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) asked the government to identify the culprits and bring them to book. 

“We express grave concern over the situation in Bhaderwah following the killing of one person. The government to identify the culprits and book them under law of the land for award of stern punishment,” JKPCC president G A Mir said here. 

The Congress also appealed to the people to help maintain communal harmony in the area. 

AIP President Er Rasheed Thursday asked administration to explain if everyone was asked to deposit the licensed weapons in police stations after elections were announced, where from did the goons got the weapons to kill yet another innocent man.

 In a statement, Er Rasheed said, “It is not the first or the isolated incident but such horrible and shameful incidents have been happening in Jammu province after regular intervals and with the silent consent of administration.” 

He said the fact is that Jammu administration is being run by those who are under direct control of communal forces and nothing lies in the hands of civil and police administration. “Is being a Muslim in Jammu province a crime? Government has failed to protect the Muslim community in Jammu and there can be nothing shameful than the fact that blood of Jammu Muslims is becoming cheaper than water,” he said.

 

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