Fearing attacks, over 2000 Muslims take refuge in Jammu Masjid

Jammu, February 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the situation continues to tense in Jammu for the third consecutive day, today, as more than 2000 people have taken shelter in a masjid in Bathindi area in Jammu, fearing attacks form Hindu extremists.

A resident of Bhatindi, Nouman Manzoor, said, “Over 2000 people are stationed at Makkah Masjid in Bathindi right now and more people are pouring in. These people include stranded Kashmir-bound passengers and people living in sensitive zones of Jammu district.”

Abdul Majid, a resident of Ganderbal district in Kashmir Valley, said, “I am part of a group comprising around 700 people and we had gone to visit Ajmer in 15-16 buses. We returned a couple of days ago, but as the Jammu-Srinagar highway was shut, we were putting up at Narwal.”

He added, “On Friday, a group of Hindu hooligans came to the area and pelted stones on us. They damaged our buses and misbehaved with us. Fearing violence, we came to Bathindi, last night.”

Saddam Hussain, another resident of Bathindi, said, “Around 2000 people are putting up at Mecca Masjid right now, with more pouring in from all quarters.”

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