KL NEWS NETWORK
Days ahead of traditional Darbar move of state government to winter capital of J&K, right wing Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Thursday took out a rally in Jammu, Bhaderwah, Kathua, Samba and RS Pura.
Reports reaching here said the RSS members were brandishing swords and 12 bore guns.
The reports said that the RSS men along with activists of other saffron groups assembled in the Old City and displayed swords and guns. They took out a rally through different areas during which they brandished their weapons.
“Garr Hindustan Mein Rehna Hai To Vande Matram Kehna Hoga,” were the slogans chanted by the Saffron group activists. They waved swords while passing through Shalamar, Indra Chowk, Gumat Petrol Pump, Sunder Singh Gurdwara Road, Raghu Nath Bazaar road and City Chowk areas.
The report further said that the RSS every year takes out rallies but they never brandished weapons and swords. Such a development comes when J&K is facing severe communal tensions post beef ban order which saw one Kashmiri being attacked and later dying in a New Delhi hospital.
The RSS activists were transported in a load carrier with weapons.
Quoting SP (City North Jammu), Shiv Kumar Chouhan, the report added, the rally was stopped at Indra Chowk and “pushed back”.
When contacted, Inspector General of Police (Jammu Zone) Danish Rana said he does not have any knowledge of provocative sloganeering in the rally.
“However, I will inquire about what has happened on the ground. They keep swords in shastra puja but let me check,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh is reported to have told a Srinagar based newspaper that “he does not have any knowledge whether RSS members took out a rally with arms or shouted provocative sloganeering”.
SSP Jammu Uttam Chand said, “no such rally was taken out,” the report added.