When sanity prevailed

The funeral procession was allowed to pass through peacefully as the mobs, just for a few precious moments, stopped pelting stones and stood in a line, holding hands, urging everyone to stop and pay respects to the dead.

SAMEED KAKROO
Jammu, Publish Date: Feb 16 2019 1:49AM | Updated Date: Feb 16 2019 1:49AM
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 As the mobs were busy pelting stones at each other in Gujjar Nagar and the communally charged atmosphere was on the verge of breaking the social fabric of the winter capital, a funeral restored the sanity.

The funeral procession was allowed to pass through peacefully as the mobs, just for a few precious moments, stopped pelting stones and stood in a line, holding hands, urging everyone to stop and pay respects to the dead.

Kaif Hassan Zaidi, a resident of Gujjar Nagar, while talking to Greater Kashmir, said, “The funeral procession of a Hindu man came through the deputy commissioner’s office road, via Gujjar Nagar. They were going to Jogi Gate to cremate their dead.”

Another local, Sheikh Raza Ahmed, said, “Once the procession reached the main Gujjar Nagar area, we all stood still and gave them a guard. No matter what the situation, the dead need to be respected. The people need to be respected. We do not want to fight and I am sure, no one else does as well. Jammu has always stood out as a place of communal harmony. Nothing should break that.”

A local political leader, Mohammad Ayoub Malik, while talking to Greater Kashmir said, “The police had to be better prepared. It was obvious that the situation could get bad. Nonetheless, we made sure that the people in the funeral procession were not harmed, threatened or abused, but were shown the due respect. Even in a charged atmosphere like today, one should never forget that we all citizens of the same country. We are all brethren.”

A man, who was part of the procession, said, “We are thankful to our brothers who stopped everything, despite being involved in a charged atmosphere. Things like this show that we are all citizens of the same country, sons of the same soil, brothers.”

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