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Jammu on the boil as 'mentally challenged' man desecrates temple

Mobile internet services suspended across valley; CM appeals for calm

Jammu: A few incidents of stone pelting were reported yesterday, as Jammu city witnessed a near total bandh in protest against alleged desecration of a temple in Roop Nagar area on Tuesday night. The repercussions of the issue resonated in the state Assembly as well.

Police personnel clear the road where vehicles were set ablaze by the angry protesters in Jammu yesterday. Pic/Pti
Police personnel clear the road where vehicles were set ablaze by the angry protesters in Jammu yesterday. Pic/Pti

Fearing a flare-up, the government suspended mobile internet services and deployed police in strength to maintain law and order.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti appealed for calm, saying, “Jammu and Kashmir is the most secular place” and it should not be ‘hijacked by extremist forces’.

She said some elements were ‘hell-bent’ on creating communal tension in the region but the people of Jammu, irrespective of their religion, must unite and fight the nefarious designs of such forces.

Desecrator mentally deranged: Govt
The man who allegedly desecrated the ancient temple in Jammu, is ‘mentally challenged’, the government said yesterday after a ruckus erupted in the assembly over the incident. Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Abdul Haq Khan told the house that police had arrested the accused, identified only by his first name Yasir of Doda district and questioned him’ in connection with the desecration.

Atmosphere being poisoned: Omar

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah yesterday said attempts were being made to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the state and appealed to people to maintain communal harmony, a day after protests broke out in
Jammu over desecration of a temple. He said it was the government’s responsibility to strengthen the administration so that such incidents do not take place.

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