Intelligentsia blames Pak agencies, state government
Even as the bandh in Jammu saw angry protesters erupting in violence, intelligentsia representing both communities expressed an urgent need for restoring harmony among the clashing communities, and appealed to the state government to "act smart".india Updated: Aug 10, 2013 23:52 IST
Even as the bandh in Jammu saw angry protesters erupting in violence, intelligentsia representing both communities expressed an urgent need for restoring harmony among the clashing communities, and appealed to the state government to "act smart".
While some of them blamed Pakistan-sponsored agencies and separatists for the violent clashes in Kishtwar, others accused the Jammu and Kashmir government of being involved in the incident.
Advocate and social activist Sohail Kazmi alleged, "Any citizen of Jammu and Kashmir still listening to Syed Ali Shah Geelani and others even after a prolonged period of insurgency is an enemy of himself. The state has already lost one generation in the past two decades."
He also said that the security forces should have more vision regarding infiltration and the administration should take necessary steps to ensure that anyone propagating the wrong cause was dealt with accordingly.
Alleging that the National Conference-Congress alliance, upon coming into power, had embarked upon a "renewed initiative to put Kashmir on the boil once again" with four incidents in Kashmir, one in Poonch and the Kishtwar violence being the outcome so far, he added, "People should be aware and understand about jihadi elements damaging the otherwise peaceful and prosperous state of Jammu and Kashmir."
Renowned educationist and Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Nirmal Kamal also alleged "government connivance" in the incident.
"How could the situation have turned volatile when the state home minister was already camping there for so many days? An anti-India campaign was already prevalent, and some sponsored and local elements were making grounds for some untoward happening, which was very much in the knowledge of the government. The recent incidents in Gool, Gulabgarh and Poonch reflect the same," she alleged.
Blaming the "lackadaisical approach" of the administration in sensitive areas of the state for the violence, educationist Lalit Magotra said that if the government had taken stock of the situation before the Eid celebrations, the incident could have been avoided.
"People also need to spread communal harmony on their own. Exchange of ideas and frequent talks between both the communities may help resolve many issues," he said, adding that the government, police and other agencies must ensure that people are not misguided by anti-social elements.
Khalid Hussain, former district commissioner of Kishtwar, said such incidents were a "continuous phenomenon since 1985".
"I have spent a few years in Kishtwar. Since the area is equally dominated by both Hindus and Muslims, such incidents occur frequently," he said, adding that the communities were so sensitive that any fallout created an explosive situation.
"Government officers with neutral mindsets must be deputed in these area," he added.
First Published: Aug 10, 2013 21:40 IST