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Jammu’s Aap Shambhu Temple desecrator Yasir was mentally ill, say Government Officials

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  • Yasir, the man who desecrated ancient temple was mentally challenged
  • Abdul Haq Khan, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, informed the house that police had arrested the accused
  • Amongst ruckus, legislator Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami intervened and requested the lawmakers to set examples uniting the state

Jammu and Kashmir constantly witness varied degrees of violence, mostly along communal lines. Hence, its is of greater inconvenience to deal with other individual forms of violence, which, even though may assume a magnitude of small scale, end up causing a lot of communal issues.

The man who allegedly desecrated an ancient temple in Jammu, was “mentally challenged”, the government said on Wednesday June 15 after pandemonium in the assembly over the incident.

Abdul Haq Khan, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, informed the house that police had arrested the accused, identified only by his first name of Doda district.

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Aap Shambhu Temple. Image source: kashmirtourism.org
Aap Shambhu Temple. Image source: kashmirtourism.org

The minister said Yasir was “a mentally challenged person as per the police officials who had questioned him” in connection with the desecration of a temple in Roop Nagar area of Jammu city on Tuesday, June 14.

As legislators assembled in the house, BJP members stood on their seats raking up the incident that they said had created a “serious” situation in Jammu.

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Lone Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) legislator Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami intervened and requested the lawmakers to set examples uniting the state instead of creating any situation that would divide it along communal lines.

Tarigami was supported by National Conference leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah who said the same statement should ideally have come from the treasury benches and not from the opposition.

-prepared by Saurabh Bodas (with inputs from IANS), an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: saurabhbodas96

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India Begins Its Election Season With Five States

The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh.

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India began on Monday the first of five state elections to be held in coming weeks, important tests for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he plots a course that he hopes will ensure him victory in a general election due by May.

Voters in the central state of Chhattisgarh went to the polls on Monday to elect representatives for 18 of the state assembly’s 90 seats in a staggered poll complicated by logistical problems and left-wing guerrillas.

The state of about 26 million people has been ruled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 2003, and he will be hoping to hold on to power.

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“Some unholy people have handed guns to children who should have pens in their hands,” Modi told a rally in the state on Friday, referring to the rag-tag guerrillas battling government forces from forest hideouts. “They’ve finished the lives of our tribal children.”

Hundreds of election workers had to be flown in to remote polling stations by helicopter because of the danger posed by the rebels.

Modi called for voters to back his BJP and its vision of “development for all.”

The final phase of voting in Chhattisgarh, which is known for its coal, iron ore and bauxite reserves, will be on Nov. 20.

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The BJP was the preference of about 43 percent of voters in Chhattisgarh, 7 percentage points ahead of the main opposition Congress party, according to a survey released last week by the Lokniti-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Modi’s other big tests will be in the neighboring central state of Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP is slightly ahead of Congress, according to polls, and in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, where Congress is expected to emerge victorious.

A good performance by the BJP in the elections would help it deflect growing criticism over unemployment and a crisis in the countryside over falling farm prices and wages.

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Elections will also be held for assemblies in Telangana in the south and Mizoram in the northeast.

The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh, including Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand Hindu priest and the BJP chief minister in Uttar Pradesh state.

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Adityanath has been appealing to the BJP’s Hindu-nationalist base and on Sunday accused the opposition of blocking construction of a temple for Hindu god Ram on a disputed site in Uttar Pradesh.

The destruction of a mosque on the site by a Hindu mob in 1992 sparked deadly riots across the country. (VOA)