September 2016 News

Rajouri Communal Clash: 2 Govt Employees Suspended, Youth Held

15 September 2016
The Indian Express

Jammu: Two employees of J&K government have been suspended and a youth has been taken into custody in connection with the communal clash in Rajouri town, where curfew continued to be imposed Thursday. Deputy Commissioner Shabir Ahmed Bhat said Naib Tehsildar Khurshid Tantrey and Zonal Physical Education Officer Pervez Sikander had been suspended for allegedly inciting people. Sources identified the apprehended youth as Amit, a transport agent at Jawahar Nagar. Amit allegedly spread rumours that a vehicle was carrying beef. According to sources, trouble erupted in the town after a group of local youths intercepted a vehicle and alleged that it was carrying beef. The occupants of the vehicle told them that the meat was of a camel sacrificed by Tantrey on Bakr-Eid, but the locals did not agree and called the police. Police released the vehicle after some time, but Tantrey and Pervez allegedly incited members of their community to come out on the roads and protest. Following a clash between the two communities, both sides targeted each other's business establishments. Some establishments belonging to members of the minority community were set ablaze, forcing the administration to call the Army. Curfew was imposed in the town at 8 pm on Wednesday. Four separate FIRs have been filed in the matter - one against those spreading the rumours, another against those inciting members of the majority community and two others against those who indulged in stone pelting and arson.