STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Various social and political organisations have condemned Bhadarwah incident seeking detailed probe in the matter. Ikkjutt Jammu appealed to all patriotic citizens to stand as one people behind Hindus and other minorities of Kishtwar, Bhadarwah, Ramban and Doda, who are facing an organised onslaught at hands of Islamic fundamentalist forces. Ikkjutt Jammu extended unflinching support to Bandh call given by Sanatan Dharam Sabha Kishtwar. Briefing media persons here, Ankur Sharma, Chairman Ikkjutt Jammu said that he is fully aware that attrition unleashed on Hindus of this area is increasing with every passing day. It is shocking that the State BJP, which had four MLAs and one Member Parliament from the region, are taking the situation very lightly which has only spread a wave of demoralisation, he said. “Islamic Jihad is not a new thing for this area. Right from independence, waves of Islamic Jihad have tried to destroy communal amity in this area and scare away Hindus, Sikhs and other minorities. We have seen an organised campaign of religious cleansing in this area which was substantially arrested by un-paralleled resistance of Hindus of the area,” he said. Ikkjutt Jammu assured Hindus and other minorities living in aforesaid area full support of entire patriotic population living in Jammu Province. “There is a Jihadi war going on in the area. Hiding it or trivialising it will damage the nation’s interests and we will not allow it to happen. We will not hesitate to give a call for entire Jammu to march towards vulnerable areas and express solidarity with people living there, who are resisting Islamist onslaughts with full might,” he said. “It is time for the Government of India to not only increase number of VDCs in the entire Doda, Bhadarwah, Kishtwar, Ramban belt but also to equip them with sophisticated weapons so that they can defeat evil game plan of Jihadis, who have been trying to cause Hindu migration from the area since 1990,” Ankur said. Meanwhile, Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) also condemned the inaction on part of local police to deal with elements trying to disturb communal harmony in the area. In a meeting held here, VHP President, Leela Karan Sharma said, “VHP is going to meet the Divisional Commissioner Jammu and shall be sending a memorandum to Governor for taking stern action against persons involved in instigating violence and disturbing communal harmony.” The VHP also called upon the administration to refrain from camouflaging the issue by arresting the innocent people of Hindu community, who were forced to act in defence to save themselves and their properties, when police had run away from the Bazaar and had taken shelter in Shri Laxmi Narayan Temple leaving local population at the mercy of God. The meeting was attended by Abhishek Gupta (General Secretary VHP), Shakti Dutt, Rajesh Gupta (Vice President VHP), Naveen Sudan, Kartik, Kuldeep, Rajesh Bhasin and Kapil. Shri Sanatan Dharam Sabha Jammu called upon the Government to take immediate and stern action to safeguard lives and properties of the minority community. The Sabha members requested the Governor to replace the inefficient officers of the area to control the situation. Jammu Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has also expressed concern over present situation in Bhadarwah area of district Doda following killing of a person namely Nayeem Ahmed and asked the Government to hold detailed probe in a fair manner for identifying culprits besides booking them under the law of land for awarding stern punishment. In a statement issued here, President JKPCC, G A Mir and other senior leaders of the party condemned the incident and said that those, who are found guilty, must be booked for severe punishment under the law of land, adding that the investigating agency should investigate the incident in a most fair and professional manner so that justice is done with the victim. The signatories to the statement included Raman Bhalla (Vice President), Vikramaditya Singh, Mohammad Sharief Niaz (Ex-Minister), Ravinder Sharma (Chief Spokesperson), Naresh Gupta (Ex-MLC) and Sheikh Mujeeb (President District Congress Committee Doda).
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