‘Attack on Kathua Muslims’ after ‘dead Cow’ found: J & K Assembly

The J & K state assembly was adjourned on Monday after the Opposition demanded action against BJP and RSS workers, allegedly responsible for attacks on Gujjar Muslims in Kathua,  reports Greater Kashmir.

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The assembly was adjourned on Monday after Opposition created ruckus over reported attacks on Gujjar Muslims in Kathua, allegedly by RSS and BJP activists.

The issue was raised by NC legislator MianAltaf as point of information as soon as Speaker started proceedings during the second sitting.


"Our Gujjar Muslims living in Kathua were attacked by RSS and BJP people. Their houses were burnt and they were beaten ruthlessly," he alleged.

The NC legislator was joined by other opposition members who demanded action against the attackers.

"Muslim brethren are not safe anywhere in India. The government should explain its position," shouted Congress legislator VikarRasool.


The opposition members expressed their anger against the PDP led government, accusing them of oppressing the Muslim community. The opposition members stormed into the Well, climbed on the Assembly Reporters’ table and shouted anti-BJP and anti-PDP slogans. They demanded action against the attackers.

The ruckus forced Speaker Kavinder Gupta to adjourn the House for half an hour.

MianAltaf said the residents of HariaChek Tehsil Mahreen in Kathua area of Jammu were attacked by RSS workers. Altaf said a 12-year old girl namely Beena D/o Shahab Din and a 35 year old man namely Siraj Din and three others were injured in firing by the attackers.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul RehmanVeeri, said that situation was under control in Kathua.

Giving details of the incident, the Minister said that at around 7.30 a.m on Monday some locals of village HaryaChak, district Kathua, found a head, allegedly of a cow, near the house of MaskeenGujjar resident of ChakDhariHarya, ChakRajbagh.

“As the news spread, around 200/300 members of Hindu community assembled there and held protest demonstration and also blocked the road. Soon after this one person took the cow head in possession.  Thereafter the gathering swelled up to 500/600 and they moved to HaryaChakChowk in the shape of a procession,” he said.

“On reaching HaryaChowk the gathering swelled to 700/800. Police made many attempts to stop the protesters but the protesters managed to reach HaryaChowk where around 300/400 members of Gujjar community had assembled. Stone pelting was resorted to by both the sides,” the minister said.

As the House was adjourned, the opposition legislators conducted their own proceedings with former Speaker Mubarak Gul sitting as Speaker in the Well.

Members who spoke included DavinderRana, Abdul MajeedLarmi, GM Saroori and VikarRasool.

DavinderRana said the opposition wanted to raise the concerns of people but the government has left the House. 

The mock assembly ran for 25 minutes till the ruling party members entered the House.

Courtesy: Greater Kashmir



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