Jammu tensed after rumours of cow slaughter, Muslim Front appeals for ‘communal harmony’, internet snapped

File Photo of lawyers protesting in Jammu demanding CBI enquiry in the Kathua rape and murder case.

Jammu: Jammu Muslim Front on Tuesday appealed for maintenance of communal harmony in the interest of State of Jammu and Kashmir. The appeal has come in the backdrop of tense situation arising out of rumours of killing of cows.

Chairman Jammu Muslim Front, Shujah Zafar said, “some vested interests and political elements in order to score their political points are pitching a Hindu against a Muslim and vice versa.”

Meanwhile, authorities in Jammu region suspended internet service to prevent spreading of rumours and hate messages, on social media.

Reports said that supporters of BJP resorted to stone-pelting in Vijaypur constituency of BJP leader Chander Prakash Ganga after a word spread in the area that some cows have been killed there.

Tensions have been high in the region divided after the rape and murder of a minor nomad girl belonging to the Muslim faith.

The incident took place in the Kathua district in January. After being missing for a week, her body was found on January 17.

Eight accused have been arrested in the case, and have pleaded not guilty. The lawyer of the accused has also said that they are ready for a narco test. 

The lawyer of the victim, Deepika Singh Rajawat has said that she fears for her life and could get killed or raped. She also added that the she is facing a social boycott and is being called ‘anti-Hindu’ for taking up the case.

According to a report published in The Times of India, the father sought security for the victim’s family and lawyers representing them.

Moreover, the victim’s father has moved a plea in the Supreme Court asking for the transfer of the case to Chandigarh.

The Supreme Court on Monday had asked Jammu and Kashmir court to reply by April 27 whether a plea to transfer the Kathua rape and murder case from the state’s courts to Chandigarh should be allowed.

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday said that the trial won’t be shifted outside the state and is likely to be conducted in a Jammu court on fast track basis.

The Minister for law, Abdul Haq Khan told English Daily Greater Kashmir that the Jammu and Kashmir Government was committed to a fair and speedy trial in the case. He said there were more than 100 witnesses in the case who would not be able to travel outside the state for deposition.


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