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Jammu temple row: Mobile internet services restored across state

Mobile internet facility was restored across the state after three days as situation in Jammu city and its surrounding areas remained normal.

Protesters shouting slogans during a rally in Jammu on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)

Mobile internet facility was restored across the state after three days as situation in Jammu city and its surrounding areas remained normal.

This followed review of security situation by senior police officials in the city, sources said. The GPRS facility was suspended on Tuesday night following large scale arson and violence in Janipura area after an incident of sacrilege at a temple in nearby Roopnagar colony.

Though the accused Yasir Alfaz of Doda, who had kicked the Shiva idol was arrested by police, protesters pelted stones at Janipura police station and torched a number of vehicles including two police public school buses.

While nearly a dozen people were injured in clashes between stone pelting mob and police, another two dozen were apprehended. All the protesters apprehended by police were released unconditionally by state government the very next day.

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The accused Yasir, continued to remain in police custody despite his family members claiming that he was of “unsound mind” and that he was brought to a private clinic in Roopnagar by his younger brother for check up. The doctor, whose name was taken by the accused’s brother, however denied having attended them on that day.

To ascertain the truth whether Yasir was of unsound mind, Health and Medical Education Minister Bali Bhagat ordered constitution of a Board of Doctors to examine him.

However, on Thursday, a suspended police constable Gurbachan Singh alias Minta committed sacrilege act in a similar manner at a temple in Nanak Nagar. This time situation remained under control as Sikh leaders came forward and themselves demanded detention of the accused under Public Safety Act. They also appealed for ostracization of the accused for bringing bad name to the community.

The administration, however, described both these incidents as “intelligent terrorist attack” and linked them to cross border terrorism. Investigations are in progress to find out the real people behind these incidents, a senior officer said.