Protesters clash with Police in Jammu, mobile internet service banned

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Communal tension gripped in Roop Nagar, Jammu on 14 June night after a mentally-ill person had reportedly violated an ancient temple, making an irate crowd attack a police station, resort to stone-pelting and set three vehicles on fire.

As a precautionary measure, all internet services in the city have been suspended.

Soon afterwards, the police took the person into custody. According to police, the person allegedly entered Aap Shambu temple in Roopnagar, broke some items and windowpanes. Trouble began when the mentally disturbed person entered the temple and broke the protective glass in front of the idols.

The accused had behaved in an obscene manner with the women, while aarti was being performed. Identified as Yasir Alfaz of Shiva village in Doda district, he attacked the temple amid reports about IS leader Abu Bakr-al-Baghdadi being allegedly injured in a US-led coalition air raid over Raqqa in Syria.

According to the reports, the mob set two buses on fire and pelted stones at the police. To disperse the mob assembled outside the Janipur police station, the police had to use teargas shells .

“A case has been filed against the mentally disturbed person. He had come to the said area to see a psychiatrist, said a police officer. The investigation is on.