IIOJK Muslims feel threatened after India armed Hindus in VDGs’ name

Srinagar, January 24 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the arming of Hindus associated with Hindutva outfits with weapons in the name of Village Defense Guards in districts lying near the Line of Control has created a sense of growing fear and harassment among the Kashmiri Muslims.

A BBC report said that the people of Dangri and Daraj villages of Rajouri district are in a state of constant fear and terror due to the patrolling of newly recruited Hindu extremists.

A woman resident said that whenever she hears any sound at night, she gets scared and her heart stops pumping. She said that India army is distributing weapons among Hindus, mostly associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Bharatiya Janata Party and Vishva Hindu Parishad in Rajouri, Poonch, Doda, Kishtwar and Bhadarwa districts, located along the Line of Control and Working Boundary in Jammu region.

According to the BBC report, 30,000 three-not-three rifles have been distributed among the Hindu terrorists in these districts over the past several decades, and now these Hindus are demanding more modern weapons.

These Village Defense Guards are involved in the killing of Muslims in the past. These Guards backed by Indian army killed Muslims in Dangri village of Rajouri district, last week. The same armed terrorists entered the house of a Muslim Abdul Rasheed and shot his three-year-old son Shafiq Ahmed to death, 12 years ago in the same village. Abdul Rasheed said that just a day before his son’s murder, he had talked to his wife about enrolling his son in a good school.

According to the BBC, due to the arming of the Village Defense Guards, fear is growing among local Kashmiri Muslims like Abdul Rasheed. The Village Sarpanch Farooq told BBC that only Hindus are being armed, which has created a sense of fear among Muslims. He said that if citizens are to be armed for personal protection, Muslims should also be armed.

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