A shutdown was observed Monday in South Kashmiri’s Pulwama district in response to a shutdown call given by Maulana Abdul Rashid Dawoodi, religious scholar and President of a religious organization in Kashmir, Sawt-ul-Awliya.
The shutdown call was given against the blasphemous statement by Hindu Mahasabha.
All shops in main town Pulwama remained closed and traffic was off the roads.
Early in the morning scores of people under the banner of Sawt-ul-Awliya and Karwaan-e-Islami (religious organization) took out a protest rally from main Chowk Pulwama which culminated at Deputy Commissioner Pulwama’s office.
The protestors raised slogans against Hindu Mahasabha and its leader Kamlesh Tewari for his blasphemous statement against prophet of Islam.
Denouncing his remarks, protestors also burnt his effigy at Rajpora Chowk.
Talking to Rising Kashmir, district president of Karwaan-e-Islami, Abdul Ahad Dar said that they condemn Tewari’s blasphemous remarks about prophet of Islam and demand a legal action against him for hurting religious sentiments of Muslim Ummah.
“The statement has hurt our sentiments, we appeal government to stop people of extreme ideology from issuing such statements which hurt religious feelings of people of other faith,” he said, adding that blasphemy against the prophet can’t be tolerated.
He also criticized BJP government in the State “for letting lose such agencies” which work for polarizing atmosphere in the country.
The protestors latter handed over a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, Niraj Kumar for submission to higher authorities.