Gujjar community allege harassment by BJP, RSS

‘The parties forcibly want us migrate from Kathua, Samba’

CNS
Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 13 2018 1:28AM | Updated Date: Feb 13 2018 1:28AM
Gujjar community allege harassment by BJP, RSSFile Photo

The Gujjar and Bakarwal community members from Jammu region Monday alleged that BJP and RSS activists and leadership were harassing them in Samba and Kathua districts. They alleged that these parties forcibly want them to migrate from these areas.

Talib Hussain, Chairman, All Tribal Coordination Committee while addressing a press conference at Srinagar alleged BJP and RSS have hatched a conspiracy against the Muslims of Samba and Kathua districts and they want “Muslims to migrate from their respective areas.”

 “Crime Branch said that Deepak Khajuria, the accused in rape and murder case of Asifa committed heinous crime to terrorize the Muslim tribal community, but the fact is that he can’t do it singly. He is backed by politicians particularly BJP legislator from Heera Nagar is supporting him and others like him,” Hussain, according to local news agency CNS, said.

He said that communal forces who harass Muslims in Samba and Kathua districts need to be exposed. “BJP wants to secure its vote bank in these districts and that is why it is after Muslim community. BJP used Forest Minister Lal Singh to harass us who misused his power and forcibly evicted Muslims from forest land. It is because of the BJP that government is not implementing the Forest Act that bars Forest Ministry to evict those people from Forest land who have been living there for generations. PDP is silent and not doing anything to get this Act implemented in the State,” he said.

Talib Hussain said that after the Asifa rape and murder case, the BJP and the RSS political activists “in connivance with police have started finding new ways and means to harass the Gujjar community.”

“The irony is that government department officials are at the beck and call of these communal activists,” he said and added that “only Muslims are being evicted from the forest land while non-Muslims are not touched.”

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti should impress upon these communal forces not to intimidate Muslims in the Chenab region. 

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