To begin with, the Jammu and Kashmir administration imposed curfew late Thursday evening in Doda district’s Bhaderwah town, in Jammu division, following communal tension over some social media posts.
Subsequently, additional district magistrate Dil Mir announced imposition of CrPC Section 144 in the town and Army, paramilitary and police personnel were deployed in force. According to media reports, the Army was to conduct a flag march in Bhaderwah town after some people tried to create communal tension. Protests were held by the Muslim community after some controversial posts went viral on social media.
Muslim community in Bhaderwah town takes out a march to demand the arrest of BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma
Consequently, the Muslim community had called for a shutdown in Bhaderwah town and had taken out the march to demand the arrest of suspended BJP national spokesperson Nupur Sharma for objectionable comments against Prophet Muhammad. Sharma had made the remarks during a debate on Times Now television channel on May 26. Her remarks led to a massive diplomatic outrage by several Muslim-majority countries against India.
Police lodges complaint against accused at Bhaderwah
Moreover, when the procession culminated at Jamia Masjid in Bharderwah, two miscreants uttered some objectionable remarks against the community taking out the procession. The police later registered an open FIR. In the evening, a person posted some objectionable remarks on social media against Islam and this went viral. Members of the aggrieved community then tried to attack the house of the person who had posted on social media but police stopped the mob by blocking the road with barbed wire. While the Hindus in the area demanded action against the speechmaker, communal tension in the area increased when a social media post against Prophet Muhammad went viral. It was made by a local boy.
In conclusion, the police registered a criminal case against the accused at Bhaderwah police station and warned people that anyone found taking the law into his or her hands would not be spared.
Police said they were watching the situation closely and would act against anyone found disturbing law and order.