Tension in Leh over Buddhist leader's remarks

SRINAGAR JULY 12. Leh town is tense again, but this time for some other reason and not autonomy. Tension is on rise among the Muslims who are demanding action against a Buddhist leader, Mr. Sonam Gombo, who had allegedly made some derogatory remarks against Quran on Monday.

Reports reaching here from Leh said that Muslims are up in arms against Mr. Gombo, who happens to be the vice-president of Ladakh Buddhists Association (LBA). Police said that around 1,000 Muslims gathered in town to protest against the leader and submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner. Concern was voiced over the blasphemous remarks and action demanded against Mr Gombo.

Soon after the speech, the shopkeepers downed their shutters and convened a meeting.

``The meeting, decided that they will converge on Chashut village on Tuesday,'' said a senior police officer.