Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) president Sheikh Abdul Rashid on Saturday said the unfortunate incident at the Amarnath Yatra base camp following a shutdown called by Jammu-based outfits could have disastrous consequences.
In a press statement, Engineer Rashid stated categorically that "Amarnath Yatra is a religious affair and using it as a point of prestige and playing exploitative politics over this is a bad omen".
He said Kashmiri people were not against the Amarnath Yatra, but for several years non-local elements had started to meddle in it.
"Some vested powers are trying to harm the spirit of the atra for their petty interests otherwise Amarnath Yatra used to be a beautiful journey," sa`d Rashid.
He added that "some selfish people were trying to play ugly politics over it, we would like to caution the people than not to convert this good religious affair into petty political affair."
"The assault on a local labourer by a non-local cook should be taken as a normal crime and atmosphere should not be communalized," he added.
"Atrocities by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police on locals are a move aimed at pleasing Delhi, especially the BJP-led government at the Centre, is highly condemnable," he said.
"It is a matter of great misfortune that the BJP and like-minded parties have given a shutdown call in Jammu over this normal issue in order to paint it with communal colour," he added.