Members of the Sikh community blocked roads and Sikh organisations protested on Thursday as a Sikh youth was beaten up and his hair chopped off on Wednesday.
Serving a two-day ultimatum to the state government for taking action against the culprits, the organisations demanded special probe into the incident.
Some unidentified persons allegedly beat up and chopped off the hair of a Sikh youth, Mithunpal Singh, a resident of Tral in Pulwama district, about 160 km from here.
Deputy inspector General of Police in south Kashmir, Shafaqat Watali, said, “Some youth asked him to raise pro-freedom slogans. He obliged. But when they asked him to recite kalma (Islamic prayer), he resisted. They beat him and some of his hair was chopped off.”
“He does not know who the attackers were. We have registered a case for hurting religious sentiments, attempt to murder and dacoity and arrested two suspects,” he said.
Sikh youths blocked the Jammu-Pathankote National Highway in protest. The police resorted to mild cane-charge.
The situation was brought under control when Muslims, the police and administration urged people to disperse.
State president of All India Shiromani Akali Dal Joginder Singh Shaan said, “There is every apprehension that some agency wants to create a rift between us and the Muslims.”
Moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq called the incident “highly un-civilsed and unacceptable”. A government spokesman said CM Omar Abdullah also condemned the incident. Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), chief Avtar Singh Makkar has sought time from Abdullah to discuss the issue.