The National Panthers Party today termed as 'suppressive and unconstitutional' the purported directive of the state government to the police wherein they have been allegedly asked to invoke PSA against those protesting against sale and slaughter of bovine animals.
Addressing a press conference here today, senior NPP leader Balwant Singh Mankotia said that "the BJP has decided to selectively let loose the law and order authorities on the people of Jammu in collaboration with the PDP".
"The people in Jammu province were shell- shocked while BJP maintained a stoic silence when the State police and the administration were allowing people in Kashmir not only to brazenly violate the law on the cow slaughter but also looking as passive spectators when anti-India rallies were taken out, ISIS, LeT and pro-Pak banners hoisted every now and then. They have now chosen to suppress the sentiments of revulsion against the coalition government with an iron hand in Jammu province", he said.
He further added that "the directive issued by the DG state police K Rajindera to the state police on the behest of the State Government, was in fact a declaration of a reign of intimidation and suppression against the people of Jammu".
Mankotia asserted that Panthers Party wanted the people to know that how police stood as bystanders while Engineer Rashid hosted the beef ban party in the MLA's hostel not far away from the office of DG in Srinagar.
Balwant Singh Mankotia said his party condemned the selective actions of the police in Jammu against the peaceful protestors and the party also wanted the State Government to realize that the public ferment in Jammu was not a defiance of law but a movement to uphold law on the ban on the sale and slaughter of cow which has been the most sacred symbol of Hindus.
He said his party wants to make it clear that overwhelming "majority of Muslims living in Jammu Province also support the ban on the sale and slaughter of bovine animals and have out-rightly refused to join the communal forces in Kashmir province on this issue".
Mankotia pointed out "that while the PDP has welcomed the ruling of the J&K High Court saying that Article 370 is permanent, the criminal silence of the BJP over the issue seems to be deceitful and treacherous". He sought an explanation from the Saffron Party to clear its stand on the Article 370 before the public.