Curfew in Jammu Town as VHP Activists Burn ISIS Flag
Curfew was announced in the town of Rajouri, Jammu as VHP activists burnt an ISIS flag, sparking protests.
Curfew was announced in the town of Rajouri in Jammu, after VHP activists burnt terror outfit IS’s flag.
The incident sparked protests among minority groups as it bore religious scriptures on it.
We had only burnt the IS flag. We did not know as to what was written on it in Persian.
— Ramakant Dubey, VHP Patron, Jammu and Kashmir
According to the District Magistrate Deepti Uppal, about 15 people who defied the curfew have also been arrested today.
Muslims in Rajouri have threatened to hold protests and declare a bandh if the police do not arrest the VHP and Bajrang Dal activists for burning the flag bearing Quranic verses.
Restrictions under Section 144 of CrPc was imposed in the town for banning of assembly of four or over four persons, but still people are trying to violate the restrictions and it has become necessary to impose curfew restrictions in the town.
— Deepti Uppal, District Magistrate, Rajouri
Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh has appealed to people from both communities to keep calm, and ruled out the arrest of VHP activists questioning the reason for their arrest.
As far as the setting afire the IS flags is concerned, it is a terrorist outfit symbol. Burning of the symbol of terrorists and anti-national elements is the work of nationalism.
— Nirmal Singh, Deputy Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir
However, clarifying that it had no intention to hurt the sentiments of Muslims, the VHP, on the other hand, asked the protesters to demonstrate against the IS for writing holy inscriptions on its flag.
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