To protest against the violence at Baltal, the base camp of Amarnath yatra in Kashmir valley, the Vishav Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal and several other religious organizations in Jammu have called for Jammu bandh tomorrow.
VHP spokesperson Rajesh Kumar said that they have called for strike in Jammu city on Saturday to protest against the failure of the state government in protecting the Amarnath yatris. The decision was taken earlier in a meeting of social, religious and trade bodies who decried the failure of the state government.
Meanwhile, reports said that a minor dispute between pony owners, and those running community kitchens at Baltal turned into a ugly fight with heavy stone pelting, and clashes being witnessed at the Amarnath base camp. To prevent the situation from turning ugly, the state government swing into action and deputed senior officials to ensure nothing untoward happens. Home Minister Rajnath Singh also called the J&K CM and asked him to take necessary steps.
The incident took place at Dumail near Baltal when pony owners fought wth langarwallahs over taking a pilgrim to Amarnath cave. The quarrel soon turned violent when a CRPF unit tried to intervene and resolve the situation. At the last count around 35 people are said to have been injured and dozens of tents caught fire when cylinders used to cook food exploded causing panic in the entire area.
While locals alleged that CRPF troops had acted in a highhanded manner, a CRPF spokesman however denied the allegations and said that protesters had set 10 community kitchens on fire resulting in injury to 12 jawans. As a result of the clashes, the yatra was stopped at a number of places to ensure the security of the yatris. Amid tight security
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