Muslims allege deliberate attempts to disturb communal harmony of Jammu

Jammu Muslim leaders addressing a press conference on Sunday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
Jammu Muslim leaders addressing a press conference on Sunday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 29: Alleging that some anti-social elements were making deliberate attempts to disturb communal harmony of Jammu region, several prominent persons from Muslim community today sought attention of Lt Governor’s administration towards the insecurity being faced by the minorities in Jammu.
Former bureaucrat Khalid Hussain, while addressing a press conference along with advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmad and others, here today, said that some elements have started playing communal politics over the judgment of the J&K High Court on Roshni Land Scam and thus vitiating atmosphere here.
“Deliberate attempts are being made by some elements to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere of Jammu region by peddling lies about Muslims being land grabbers and trying to change demography of Jammu even as the fact of the matter is that there are only a handful of Muslims who have availed land under the Roshni Act,” he said.
Sheikh Shakeel said that there are certain elements that are playing politics to divide the people and they became hyperactive particularly after the Government announced the DDC elections.
He pointed towards some protests that had taken place in Bathindi and said that security personnel should be deployed in strength in Bathindi, Chowadi, Sunjwan and Gujjar Nagar areas of Jammu city as the minority community was feeling insecure. “Despite deployment of Police, a group of anti-social elements succeeded in sneaking into Bathindi area on November 25 and started sloganeering in the residential area thus causing tension among the locals, who felt insecure,” he said adding that this was not solitary incident but the third one within a month’s time.
“In case such repeated attempts are not dealt sternly, the day is not far when situation may take an ugly turn and cause irreparable damage to the secular fabric of the Jammu city,” said the Muslim leaders and stressed the need for maintaining communal harmony and brotherhood by all citizens of Jammu.
Maintaining that minorities of Jammu have always stood for peace, brotherhood, unity and communal harmony, they appealed the Lt Governor to invite all communities for a discussion on the issue to clear any misgiving among the locals and take appropriate steps for ensuring that anti-social elements are not allowed to disturb peace in Jammu.
Businessman Javed Iqbal, social worker Abdul Majid and Bathindi Sarpanch Hafizullah were also present in the press conference.