Protests Continue In Kashmir Against Blasphemy Video

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A protest against blasphemy video at Press Colony Srinagar- KO Photo: Abid Bhat

Srinagar: For the third consecutive day Wednesday, scores of people in Valley held strong demonstrations against the members of a Hindu extremist group, who made derogatory remarks against the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) in Jammu’s Reasi triggering massive outrage across Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the reports, protests against the rightwing Sentinel Bharat Raksha Manch members continued for third straight day in parts of the Valley, including Srinagar.

Early morning, member of a lesser known outfit ‘J&K Bachao Tehreek’ appeared in Srinagar’s Press Colony and staged a demonstration against the blasphemous remarks of the Hindu fanatics. Carrying placards and banners denouncing the blasphemous remarks, the protesters demanded exemplary punishment for the accused for hurting sentiments of Muslims.

A peaceful protest was also held in Chanapora area of the city, where protesters demanded death penalty for the culprits.

On Sunday, police arrested Satpal Sharma, the main accused and his associate Deepak soon after the video containing derogatory remarks against Prophet of Islam (Pbuh) went viral. Rohit Sharma, a resident of Pacca Danga locality, was the third accused arrested in connection with the case related to the communally sensitive video.

Police had also filed a case under section 153A IPC (promoting enmity between different groups) and 295A IPC (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) at Pacca Danga police station.

Meanwhile, anger against the blasphemous video also triggered protests in border area of Uri and Karnah.

According to reports, scores of villagers from Dhani, Choolan, and Gingal in the border town Uri today hit the streets and staged a protest against the members of the extremist group. Chanting pro-Islam slogans, the protesters demanded exemplary punishment for those elements who hurt the sentiments of Muslims.

Similar reports were also received from Karnah area of border district Kupwara, where scores of people, including traders took out a protest march against the blasphemous remarks. The protesters later dispersed peacefully.

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