Frenzied Muslim mob targets Sikh locality in Srinagar
Posted by jagoindia on June 6, 2009
Jun 05, 2009 , Srinagar:
A predominantly Sikh neighbourhood on the outskirts of the city was targeted by a mob as fresh protests and a strike triggered by the alleged rape and murder of two women in Shopian continued to cripple life in large parts of the Valley for the fourth consecutive day.
A group of people ransacked 20 houses at Rangreth, breaking window panes and damaging other property on Wednesday evening. Paramjit Kaur, whose house was among those targeted, said: “It happened around 7.45 pm on Wednesday when a group of people first started hurling stones. They broke our gate and destroyed everything that came their way. I along with my children hid in the attic to save ourselves from the frenzied mob.”
“This had never happened in the past 20 years,” said Jaspal Singh, an engineer whose house, too, was ransacked. A few cars were also damaged by the mob.
Locals said trouble began when a group of protesters enforcing the strike stopped a car being driven by a Sikh. They damaged the car following which there was a scuffle, in which one of the protesters was injured. This was followed by the violence at Rangreth.
The authorities reached the area to control the situation. “We held a meeting with the Muslim and Sikh residents and later a peace march was taken out by both of the communities,” said Budgam Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Rafi. On Thursday, hundreds of Muslim women and men from nearby areas thronged Rangreth and assured the Sikhs of their safety.
Meanwhile, fresh clashes between protesters and the police broke out in Srinagar and Shopian districts after news spread about the death of a protester. Nisar Ahmad, 25, who was injured during protests on Monday, died at a hospital on Thursday morning. At least 42 people were injured in the fresh clashes.