After Ekta Manch march, Section 144 imposed in Hiranagar

Some Groups Fomenting Trouble By Raising Undue Demands, Says District Magistrate

Jammu, Publish Date: Feb 20 2018 12:21AM | Updated Date: Feb 20 2018 12:21AM
After Ekta Manch march, Section 144 imposed in HiranagarFile Photo

Assembly of more than four people has been banned for a month in Hiranagar, where a Hindu rightwing group, Hindu Ekta Manch, recently held a march in support of a special police officer who has been charged with rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl Asifa Bano last month.

“Section 144 (prohibiting assembly of more than four people) will be in force for the one month in the jurisdiction of sub-division Hiranagar. This is a precautionary measure taken to maintain law and order,” reads an order issued by Kathua district magistrate Rohit Khajuria.

The order said that a heinous crime had been committed against a minor that is being investigated and “some people are trying to foment trouble in the district by raising undue demands.”

The Hindu Ekta Manch had demanded release of the accused SPO, Deepak Khajuria. Responding to such demands, the order said, is not the mandate of the district administration and “such actions by these persons are causing interference in the ongoing investigations as well as destroying harmony in the district”.

“Peace and tranquility is mandatory for the progress and development of the district. It is also necessary and important for the education of the children in view of the crucial time of annual examination of different levels,” the order reads.

“The investigation has already been entrusted to the Crime Branch and the investigation is under progress,” it stated.