“When Hindu zealots were busy in smashing window panes of Janipora, Sarwal, Subhash Nagar and Mastgarh Masjids, there were only two police officers who despite receiving injuries forced rioters to retreat and protected us from the wrath of some fanatic Hindus,” Jammu Muslims told a local news agency, CNS over phone adding that Senior Superintendent of Police Jammu City, Atul Goel “switched off his phone and gave rioters a free hand.”
Muslims also said that Deputy Inspector General Shakil Ahmed Beigh and Dy Sp Kulbir Handa played positive and daring role and did not allow rioters to have an edge on Muslims. “We appreciate the fair role of these two police officers. They assured us and protected us,” one of the residents of Janipora Jammu said.
Muslims of Jammu said that although these officers gave a sense of security to Muslims but unfortunately police took action only after rioters looted and set some houses on fire. “At Janipora, rioters burnt shops in presence of police and that surprised us. The role of police and Jammu media is very negative. Some newspapers carried the false news that Muslim youth were seen roaming with swords which is disgusting,” another resident said.
They said that despite repeated requests Deputy Commissioner Jammu Ajit Kumar Sahu did not impose curfew in time. “It was only after rioters looted our shops and razed them to ground that District Administration imposed curfew. At Subhash Nagar, police gave free hand to rioters and allowed them to loot our property,” a resident said.
President Muslim Action Committee Jammu Mohammad Sharief Sartaj hold BJP responsible for all this mess. “This party wants to repeat 2008 when after exploiting people it managed to get votes. BJP has lost ground in Jammu and now it wants to get votes by exploiting people again.