Monday, June 19, 2017

India: Calf head found in Qadian; authorities suspect mischievous attempt to create communal tensions


"There is a strong possibility that this is an attempt to create communal tension in Punjab. The area is not far from J&K border and it's month of Ramzan. We are investigating this closely," -- Intelligence sources

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By Yudhvir Rana | TNN | Jun 19, 2017

Spokesperson of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat Tariq Ahmed: "We strongly condemn the incident which has hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindu community."

AMRITSAR: Tension gripped Gurdaspur district's Qadian town, which is the hub of Ahmadiyya Muslim community in India, after the severed head of a calf was found in the area. As the news spread leaders of various Hindu organizations gathered at the spot and demanded stern action against the persons responsible for creating communal tension.

Police said that the head was found on Razda Road. It was first spotted by a passerby, identified as Sundar, who informed Qadian police station.

BJP president of Batala unit Ashok Moudhgill, however, claimed that a cow's severed head was found.

While condemning the incident, spokesperson of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat Tariq Ahmed said, "We strongly condemn the incident which has hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindu community."

He also appealed to the Punjab government to take stern action against the person involved in the incident. "We humbly appeal to the residents of Qadian that our mutual understanding and unity should not be shaken by such brutal acts of negative elements who want to spread hatred. Rather we should develop a bond of friendship and mutual respect that triumph peace and harmony in the society," he said.

He said it was worrisome that a few anti-social and anti-national elements were trying to connect the incident with the Jamaat. "The 128 years history of the community bears witness that we are a peace-loving and law-abiding community that fulfills the rights of its neighbours and strive hard to protect their religious sanctity," Ahmed added.

Sources however didn't rule out the possibility of some Islamist militant elements from Jammu and Kashmir who could have attempted to create communal tension in Punjab in the holy month of Ramadan.

"There is a strong possibility that this is an attempt to create communal tension in Punjab. The area is not far from J&K border and it's month of Ramzan. We are investigating this closely," said intelligence sources.

Batala SP Suba Singh said that they were working on different theories. "We are not sure whether it is the head of cow or calf, we are waiting for the medical report," he added.


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