Srinagar, Apr 17: Situation in Jammu and Kashmir can take a dangerous turn as the atmosphere is getting polarized with each passing day.
Former minister and BJP MLA Choudhary Lal Singh who was forced to resign last week for participating in a rally organized by Hindu Ekta Manch in support of the accused arrested in connection with Kathua rape and murder case on Tuesday organized a rally in Jammu to demand CBI probe into the case.
“The fight is for justice only and its will be done with identifying real culprits,” Singh said.
On the other hand tension gripped Sarore area in Jammu outskirts as people took to the streets to stage a protest against the sacrilegious act in the area.
An analyst said, “Situation in Jammu region is not normal. It can take an ugly turn at any point of time. People of both the communities have to exercise restraint.”
“People should maintain communal harmony in the region, and stand against the communal politics being played over the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua district,” he said.
A politician who wished not to be named said that attempts are being made to disrupt peace in the Jammu region. “It looks like that a few people with vested interests want to recreate 2008 like situation and want to set both the regions Jammu and Kashmir on fire,” he added.
An observer said, “The former Minister Lal Singh by taking out rallies in Jammu city is once again trying to play politics over the issue. Ahead of his rally tension gripped Sarore area, not far away from Satwari area from where he started his rally.”
He said, “Police should investigate why the sacrilegious act took place close to the area where the ousted minister addressed the rally.”
“There is no need for CBI probe, especially when the family of the victim is satisfied with the probe. Demand of Lal Singh for the CBI investigation is nothing but a publicity stunt and he is trying to intimidate his party,” the observer added.
Lal Singh, who was the Forest Minister in Mehbooba Mufti government, had said that he would visit Kootha on Tuesday, where relatives and family members of the accused were holding a protest to demand CBI probe into the case. But he didn’t go there. “Government should keep a watch over the activities of the Minister. He seems to be on a dangerous mission. Even a little spark can set Jammu and Kashmir on fire,” the analyst added.