Omar seeks severe punishment for the officer who “forced” worshippers to chant “Jai Shri Ram”

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Former chief minister and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Monday said the officer who allegedly forced Muslims at a mosque to raise “Jai Shri Ram” should be identified and later punished severely.

Villagers of Zadoora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir alleged that on early Saturday the soldiers Army’s counter insurgency unit forced Muslims to raise Jai Shri Ram slogans inside the mosque.

So far, the army has not issued any official statement on the matter.

“It is evident that such an incident happened there. The Imam of the mosque will never lie and not only in one, but it happened in two mosques of the area”, Omar told reporters in Anantnag. ” The person responsible for it should be identified and given severe punishment.”

Meanwhile, Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulama (MMU), a conglomerate of over several religious organisations, has condemned the alleged forcing of worshippers to chant ‘Jai Shree Ram’ slogans and said it has hurt sentiments of people.

“The silence maintained by the authorities in this regard is unacceptable,” the statement said. It asked them to clarify their position in this regard as the religious sentiments of Muslims of J&K

have been badly hurt and people are shocked.

Two former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and Ghulam Nabi Azad and several politicians have demanded a probe into the allegations against the Army.

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