Phagwara: Shiv Sainiks, Muslims extend olive branch to quell tension

The meeting was initiated by the Muslim community in a bid to maintain peace and harmony in the city, which continued to remain tense after the clashes.

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Jalandhar | Published:August 4, 2016 2:28 am
Shiv sena. shiv sena muslim clash, communal protest in phagwara, muslim shiv sena clash, latest news, india news The clashes took place between July 20 and 22 following the attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir.

Two weeks after clashes broke out between Shiv Sena leaders and Muslims that was backed by a few activists of local Dalit and Sikh organisations, a compromise was reached Tuesday between the two groups in presence of Phagwara police. The meeting was initiated by the Muslim community in a bid to maintain peace and harmony in the city, which continued to remain tense after the clashes.

The clashes took place between July 20 and 22 following the attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir. According to the police, both sides apologised to each other in a meeting held at the Municipal Corporation Hall , Phagwara, late Tuesday, which was attended by the Muslim community, radical Hindu and Sikh organisations.

“A mutual and a very brief compromise was written Wednesday by both the sides and we have also filmed it,” said Jasvir Singh Rai, Superintendent of Police (SP) Phagwara . Sources said that during the meeting, the Muslim community led by Uvaishi-ur-Rehman demanded a written apology from Shiv Sena state vice-president Inderjit Karwal who had led the procession on July 22.

Although the Shiv Sena at first didn’t agree to the demand, but later agreed after the police and civil administration requested them to do so and a compromise was reached. SSP Kapurthala Rajinder Singh said the FIR will be cancelled against members of both communities in due course of time.

Meanwhile, an alleged “written apology letter” by Shiv Sena signed by its leaders surfaced on the social media Wednesday. But the police after examining the letter termed it fake. Miffed over it, Shiv Sena leaders even filed a police complaint related to this issue, claiming some anti-social elements did this to keep communical tension alive in Phagwara.

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