Srinagar, July 19 ():Tension prevailed in Jammu and Kashmir after clashes broke out between security forces and local people in Ramban in which four people were reportedly killed leading to separatists’ group taking a march to the Lal Chowk after announcing a three-day shut down in the hilly region from Friday.
Trouble started on Wednesday night after BSF raided a local madrassa in Dharam village of Ramban and also hit a imam which led to clash between the security forces and the local who sparked into anger protesting and causing damage to public properties. Locals claimed that some troops even desecrated Holy Quran triggering public outcry in Srinagar. However the BSF disapproved the claim and said that the allegations are false.
The incident sparked protest in both Chenab and Kashmir Valley and slowly spread to other areas such as Doda, Bhadawah and Kishtwar areas of Chenab Valley. Incidents of stone pelting were also reported from Srinagar where the police thwarted a protest march by JKLF chief Yasin Malik triggering clashes between youth and the policemen. In order to prevent any further outbreak, mobile phone-based internet services were suspended in the area, said the police.
Meanwhile, to check the authenticity of the report given by local BSF commanders, Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde ordered an inquiry into the incident by BSF special DG, Dilip Trivedi who is likely to visit the troublesome area.
Today being the first Friday of the holy month of Ramzan, the central government has put the state government and paramilitary forces in J&K on alert.
The Union minister talking to reporters expressed his regret over the incident and also conveyed his deep condolences to the families who lost their dear ones in the firing. Shinde further assured that strict action will be taken against any use of excessive force or negligent act by the BSF.