Curfew was clamped in communally-sensitive Bhaderwah valley in Doda on Thursday
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.
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.
authorities have blocked internet services in the district.
person with the name of Nayeem was coming from Chatergala side during midnight.
When he reached near Nalthi area, he was killed and another person with him
suffered splinter injuries (in a firing incident),” IGP Jammu Zone, M K
said that two suspects, who allegedly opened fire, have been arrested and five
others have been detained.
body was sent for post mortem, he said adding the reason behind the firing
incident in the area was being investigated.
killing triggered protests as a large number people belonging to a community,
including the kin of the deceased, pelted stone on Bhaderwah police station.
They damaged several vehicles and set afire a three-wheeler, officials said.
protesters also pelted stones on premises belonging to another community,
forcing police to cane charge and use teargas shells to disperse the mobs.
relatives of the deceased alleged that he was victim of cow vigilantism and was
targeted as he was involved in cattle trade.
of Nalthi village told the police that two to three persons were found moving
under suspicious circumstances at around 2 am in the area which led to the
Commissioner of Doda Sagar Doifode, said, “There is no cow vigilantism
involved in this incident. It is not such an incident. Some people are
deliberately giving it a communal colour.”
said that police are investigating the case and asked the people not to spread
situation is tense but under control. Curfew has been imposed in the
town,” the IGP said.
Ahmed Sheikh, president of Anjuman-e-islamia Bhaderwah, has given a call for a
shutdown and accused the saffron outfits of being behind the incident.
Dharam Sabha (SDS), Jammu condemned the violent protests and alleged the
community which is in minority in the area was being targeted.
suspect this is a well planned and coordinated action of anti-social and
anti-national elements to disturb the peaceful situation in Bhaderwah
area,” a spokesman of SDS said.
officials of administration, police and the army were camping at Bhaderwah to
assess the situation.
have appealed to the people to remain calm and assured them that all the
culprits will be brought to book.
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