Jammu Situation: Speaker Puts Government on Notice



Legislative Assembly Speaker: Kavinder Gupta
Legislative Assembly Speaker: Kavinder Gupta

Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Speaker put PDP-BJP government on notice over the situation which has arisen in Jammu.

There were allegations of desecration of a temple in a Jammu area. The aftermath resulted in violence and burning of some vehicles as well. However, government asserted that the person who was responsible for this condemnable act “was insane” and arrested.

But on Friday, Speaker Kavinder Gupta, told the Lower House that there was “another act of temple desecration” in less than three days.

“Government must come up with a statement,” he told the house, “police need to keep in mind that these issues should not take place.”

Meanwhile, authorities on Friday have decided to suspend all Internet services across Jammu region to stop spread of rumours on social networking sites following the alleged desecration of a temple in Jammu on Thursday evening.

All mobile and broadband-based Internet services have been suspended, a district official was quoted as having said.

“To stop rumour mongering on social networking sites in the wake of the desecration of Shiv temple in Nanak Nagar area, the authorities decided to temporarily suspend all Internet services including mobile and landline Internet services,” the official said.

“A man entered a temple in the Nanak Nagar area and tried to vandalise it. The man has been identified and arrested,” Deputy Commissioner of Jammu Simrandeep Singh had said.

A large number of people came onto the roads after news spread. Shopkeepers in the area downed their shutters and held a protest demanding action against the accused.

“Though some people held protest in the area, the situation is normal and under control. Adequate police personnel have been deployed to foil any untoward incident in the area,” Singh said.

The incident took place even as normalcy had returned to Jammu following alleged desecration of a temple in another area, Roopnagar, on Tuesday by a man who was described by police as “mentally disturbed”. The city had witnessed violence and arson over that incident.


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