Right-Wing militant Hindu organisation, Rashtriya Bajrang Dal has demanded a ban on the wearing of pheran in Jammu and Kashmir.
Dal alleged that it was being misused by militants to carry-out attacks on government forces.
On Sunday, Bajrang Dal activists led by Rakesh Bajrangi protested in Jammu against Pakistan for militant attacks in Kashmir on forces and promoting attempts to revive militancy in Jammu.
“The militants have carried out most of the attacks in Kashmir while wearing phiran which should be banned in public places and government functions,” Bajrangi was quoted as saying by a local newspaper.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has endorsed the demand for pheran ban in Jammu and Kashmir. BJP spokesperson from Jammu, Abhijeet Jasrotia while talking to a national news channel said that these traditional dresses have been misused by ‘terrorists’ to hide grenades etc under it, “Our soldiers can not differentiate between a normal person wearing this traditional dress and somebody who is carrying arms under this dress. So it should be banned in public spaces or offices,”
Adding that nothing is more precious than the lives of “our soldiers and SPOs who are on duty in Kashmir.”
The demand has come days after a suspected militant wearing a pheran shot dead two policemen in the Baghat area of Srinagar.
The CCTV footage of the attack, later showed the assailant wearing a pheran was hiding his weapon underneath the clothing.