Srinagar: Opposition Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday accused the ruling National Conference and Congress of stoking communal feelings in Zanskar area of Jammu and Kashmir to promote their interests.
"It seems coalition partners NC and Congress are stoking the fires of communalism in the region to promote their partisan interests, which unfortunately are linked to their pursuit of narrow and unprincipled politics," PDP President Mehbooba Mufti said in a statement after visiting Zanskar Sub Division in Kargil district.
Communal clashes were witnessed in Zanskar ahead of Eid-ul Azha resulting in injuries to three persons. Authorities clamped curfew in the region to maintain law and order and relaxed it only on Eid day.
Expressing relief at the strong desire of Muslim and Buddhist communities of Zanskar to restore their traditional bonds of amity and brotherhood, Mehbooba said the onus of maintaining law and order and providing protection to citizens rests with the government.
She discussed with representatives of local civil society the humanitarian crisis that has been caused due to "sheer negligence and instances of biased conduct" by the administration, a PDP spokesman said.
Mehbooba demanded adequate compensation to the victims and their complete rehabilitation by government.