Curfew was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir ‘s Kishtwar district and Doda’s Bhaderwah town on Thursday evening amid communal tension.
Apart from this, the administration has also stopped internet services to prevent the spread of rumours. The army was called in and a flag march was taken out to keep the situation peaceful.
The tension started here after a provocative statement made by a cleric and an objectionable post by a Hindu youth.
How did the tension start?
On Thursday, the Union Territory police registered a case against the cleric of a mosque located in Bhaderwah.
According to media reports, the cleric had made a provocative statement about Nupur Sharma , a former BJP leader who made controversial remarks against Prophet Mohammad. Apart from this, he had made objectionable remarks against a particular community.
At the same time, a Hindu youth had posted objectionable social media about Prophet Mohammad. Tension spread in the area due to these incidents.
Situation under control at present – Police
Police said that a precautionary curfew has been imposed to keep the situation under control and at present the situation is under control. An FIR has been registered in both the cases and those who take law and order in their hands will not be spared.
Omar Abdullah appeals to maintain peace
Reacting to the incident, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah appealed to the people to maintain peace.
He wrote on Twitter that even without the communal tension spreading in and around Bhaderwah, there is a lot of trouble in Jammu and Kashmir.
He appealed to all parties to maintain peace and his party workers to help normalize the situation at the earliest.
Controversy continues after Nupur Sharma’s statement
Last month, Nupur Sharma made derogatory remarks about Prophet Mohammad in a TV program . His remarks sparked controversy and many demanded an apology from him. For this remark, FIRs have been registered against Nupur in many places including Pune and Hyderabad.
Amidst the growing uproar, the BJP has also suspended him from the party, removing him from the post of spokesperson . At the same time, Nupur has apologized for the statement.
Arab countries gave strong response
Reacting strongly to Nupur Sharma’s statement, 15 countries including Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan have registered their official protest. Many countries including Qatar had also summoned Indian ambassadors regarding this.
Delhi Police also registered FIR
On Wednesday, the Special Cell of Delhi Police had registered an FIR against several people on charges of provocative social media posts.
BJP expelled Naveen Kumar Jindal, journalist Saba Naqvi, Hindu Mahasabha functionary Pooja Shakun Pandey, Maulana Mufti Nadeem of Rajasthan and Peace Party spokesperson Shadab Chauhan have been named in the FIR.
In another FIR, suspended from BJP Nupur Sharma and other social media users have been made accused.