BSince morning, hundreds of rightwing goons and thugs are on streets in Jammu city, vandalizing property and burning vehicles belonging to Muslim community despite having a “curfew” in place. Four hours ago, a handful of right-wingers set one of my relative’s car on fire and damaged another one near Gujjar Nagar with security forces watching them as mute spectators.
Fearing for their lives, some of my relatives fled and took refuge in a local mosque, while two of my friends from the Sikh community safely evacuated my siblings.
Various incidents of violence by the rightwing goons were reported from different Muslim pockets of Jammu city. It is terrorism, pure and simple. I spoke to a
The right-wingers are using the tragic CRPF convoy suicide bomb attack as an opportunity to set a stage for the coming parliamentary and assembly elections by polarizing the communities in a similar way they did during the 2008 Amarnath land row agitation.
And the biggest question: Why is it taking so long to control a mob of few hundred, when they have Northern Command Headquarters of Indian Army based 60 km away in Udhampur and thousands of JK Policemen waiting for orders in police lines?
This senseless and mindless violence by these rightwing goons has to be dealt with strictly and as soon as possible, without any delay or we can witness another Gujarat pogrom in Jammu.
(This post first appeared on the Facebook account of Raqib Hameed, a Kashmir based journalist.)