Deploy Army in Muslim gujjar areas of Jammu: Mian Altaf

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Srinagar, Aug 6 (UNI) Demanding deployment of Army in Muslim Gujjar areas of Jammu, former minister Mian Altaf Ahmad said the present administration has failed to provide security to the community members.

In a statement here today, Mr Ahmad, a senior National Conference and Gujjar leader came down heavily on the administration alleging that it has miserably failed to protect the Muslim Gujjars from communal forces in Jammu region.

The state is passing through a phase of chaos and lawlessness, which is dangerous for our pluralistic society, Mr Ahmad said.

However, he said majority people in Jammu are in favour of communal harmony and peace, but some forces are trying to communalise the situation.

He expressed apprehension about the safety of Gujjars in the areas where the communal forces are active and indulging in arson and looting.

Mr Ahmad said about one hundred families of Gujjars in Jammu and adjoining districts, whose hamlet were set afire by some protestors, are shelter less in several areas of Jammu.

He urged the Governor to intervene and provide temporary shelters, food and medicines to Nomadic Gujjar tribes.

He also demanded protection for Muslim Gujjars in Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Riasi and Udhampur districts of the State.

Reacting on the yesterday's incidents of Akhnoor, in which about 28 Gujjar houses were set on fire and two Gujjar police constables critically wounded, Mr Ahmad alleged the state government has miserably failed to tackled the situation.

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