The police on Friday stopped the state Bharatiya Janata Party members from going ahead with their protest march and arrested several of them from various exit points of the city.
The party had given a call for 'Rajouri Chalo' march alleging harassment of minority community in Rajouri after a fallout between the two communities over an incident related to some function organised by one of the community members.
Police blocked the main exit of the party headquarters at Kachi Chawni, when president Jugal Kishore Sharma and MLAs Ashok Khajuria, Sukhnandan Kumar and Sham Choudhary, national executive member Jitendra Singh, state vice-president Chandra Prakash Ganga, state general secretaries Kavinder Gupta and Bali Bhagat, Munish Sharma, Sat Sharma, Yudhvir Sethi, Sanjiv Sharma, and other state and district functionaries, started moving from BJP headquarters towards Rajouri at around 10am.
The party motor cavalcade was again stopped at Muthi and several workers were arrested again. Those arrested, include Omi Khajuria, Narinder Singh, Joginder Singh, Pawan Slathia, Mukesh Sharma, Satish Kumar and Vijay Choudhary.
At Domana also, the police stopped the BJP activists, Ashok Khajuria, Chander Prakash Ganga, MLA Sukhnandan Kumar, Karan Singh along with others and took them into custody.
At Sunderbani too, the police had put up barriers with police personnel manning the same and the march was stopped.
Later, state president Jugal Kishore Sharma said: “This reflects not only utter incompetence on part of the government, but its biased and communal attitude as well. Firstly, it failed to enable the Ram Leela Committee to clear the land belonging to it from illegal squatters and trespassers to conduct Ram Leela and subsequently it registered false cases against its young members.”
“The state administration in a studied manner failed to curb the wanton actions of the youth of the majority community and did not register any case against any one of them,” he added.
He said that the BJP will not allow any such actions and would take to streets adding that the government must allow Hindus in Rajouri to celebrate the festivals falling in the coming days.
Ashok Khajuria, leader of BJP state legislature party, said that it seems that the administration wants to give a message to the minority community that in a Muslim majority state, they have to conduct themselves as per the whims of misguided majority community.