Former legislator and Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) chairman Er Abdul Rasheed along with his supporters on Saturday held a sit-in protest in Srinagar against the attacks on Kashmiris and Muslims in Jammu.
Carrying banners and placards, the protesters demanded stern action against those involved in the violence.
Addressing the media, Rasheed appealed to the Jammu administration to discharge its duty towards the masses without being “biased.”
“The goons and fringe elements are being given free hand and no stern action is being taken to protect life and property of Muslim community in various parts of Jammu and other places,” he said.
He demanded that the state government must reveal how many miscreants have been booked and arrested so far.
“It is shameful that while in Rajouri Muslim community was mourning death of Naseer Ahmad, a CRPF man, who lost his life in Pulwama attack, the goons from other community were vandalizing houses of Muslims in nearby locality in Poonch,” said Rasheed.
He said had these “ultra-nationals” been truly pained over the killings, they would have assembled in the native village of Naseer Ahmad rather than damaging properties of the community to which Naseer belonged.
Rasheed said it seems obvious that making Pulwama attack on CRPF as an excuse, a section of radical elements wants to implement its nefarious designs against the Muslim community.
He appealed to PM Modi not to forget that Kashmiris are worst victims of violence and need peace with dignity more than anyone else.
The peace, however, cannot be achieved without delivering justice, he said.
He also appreciated the statement of Jammu Chamber of Industries and Commerce condemning violence but said that the saner voice in Jammu need to come out in open support of communal harmony and isolate the fringe elements.
Rasheed while expressing solidarity with the civil secretariat employees said that the attacks on employees are unacceptable, unethical and un-civilized and the government must move beyond words and all those involved in attacks on secretariat employees, stranded Kashmiri passengers, damaging vehicles should be booked under Public Safety Act.
While appealing to the people of Jammu to maintain communal harmony, he asked those attacking innocents to name a single instance where someone from Jammu has ever been harassed, humiliated or attacked anywhere in Kashmir in the last twenty years.
He said: “Let people of Jammu and rest of India not forget that Kashmiris have helped from Yatris to Army soldiers in times of eventualities and have always shown a helping hand whenever situation demanded.”
“Those harassing Kashmiri students in Dehradun and other places should not forget that it is Kashmiris who facilitate Amarnath yatris every year and offer them everything besides love and affection,” Rasheed added.