Activists of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) taking out a Paath Sanchalan rally in Doda town of Pir Panchal region on October 2 has created ripples in frontier areas.
People are questioning the timing of the rally and are asking whom did RSS activists wanted to threaten? "RSS activists donning Khaki pants and carrying sticks marched through the streets of Doda town. They raised provocative slogans creating flutter in the entire area," witnesses told Greater Kashmir.
They said, "Such type of provocations can flare up the already tense situation due to prevailing unrest in Kashmir and the war threat looming large after the reported surgical strikes carried out across the Line of Control."
A politician said, "All of us know it very well that situation across JK is very tense and anything can happen anytime. The people of Chenab Valley have maintained communal harmony in the testing times and are supporting each other. It's unfortunate that a few people with vested interests want to create a wedge between the two communities by flaring up the communal tension."
He said, "At the first place government should not have given the permission to the RSS workers to take out the rally as a minor incident could have set entire area on the fire. The Government should realize that this is not the time to stage political stunts. People at the helm at the first place should not have allowed the RSS activists to come out of the Ram Leela ground."
While recalling the rallies which were taken out by the RSS activists in the past, Farooq Khan of Doda said, "In October 2011, RSS activists took out a Paath Sanchalan rally in the town which led to the flaring up of communal tension in the area and created a wedge between the two communities. In Oct 2015 RSS activists took out a similar rally from Bharatiya Vidya Mandir and it also brought members of both the communities face to face with each other. Interestingly, both the rallies were taken out on the occasion of Dushera. This year RSS is planning to take out a Paath Sanchalan rally in Kishtwar town on the occasion of Dushera."
Residents said, "Government should not allow the RSS to play politics at this point of time as it can have far reaching consequences. Everyone should make an attempt to keep the tempers cool rather than adding fuel to the fire."