Breaking : Tension in Kathua, Police baton charge, launch tear gas on protesters, many injured (Watch Video)

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Tensions erupted in Chadwal area after police canecharged protesting members of Hindu Ekta Manch and arrested its president Vijay Tagotra.
Members of Hindu Ekta Manch today took out a protest at Chadwal area on Jammu-Pathankot National Highway and attempted to block the NH, when police stopped them.
When the protesters disrupted traffic on the highway, the police resorted to teargas shelling and baton charge to disperse them, leading to clashes between them.
Several people were injured in the police action and the clashes that followed on Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Chadwal area. One person was reported critical after he was hit by a bus during the protest.

When the protesters disrupted traffic on the highway, the police resorted to teargas shelling and baton charge to disperse them, leading to clashes between them.

“The protest rally has been dispersed and the traffic has been restored,” a police officer told PTI. He said the injured have been admitted to Government Medical College hospital in Jammu.

The officer said one person was hit by a vehicle and was critically injured. The vehicle’s driver has been detained.

The police said they had to baton charge the protesters to clear the highway. However, the protesters alleged that the policemen there pushed a person and he came under the vehicle.

 

<<<{(€(QNS)€)}>>>>> Rape and Murder of Asifa: Police foil Hindu Ekta Manch’ rallyNeyaz ElahiUnruly activists from newly floated ‘Hindu Ekta Manch’ supported by ruling BJP and National Panthers Party pelted stones on police when the mob tried to block the road at Chadwal and Dyalachak in Kathua district.‘Hindu Ekta Manch’ carried out a march demanding Aisfa’s rape and murder case should be handed over to CBI. The protesters even pelted stones on the police who retaliated with tear smoke shelling. The police also charged protesters with canes who were resorting to inflammatory sloganeering.Police also arrested NPP leader Balwant Singh Mankotia from Dyalchak who according to an official wants to foment trouble in the region.Mankotia before his arrest told reporters that Crime Branch is harassing common people. He said that case should be handed over to CBI. “Mehbooba Mufti has posted her own officers in Crime Branch who are harassing Hindu community,” Mankotia who lost previous assembly elections said and alleged that police thrashed protesters without any reason.NPP supported the ‘Hindu Ekta Manch’ march which police and civil administration described as uncalled for.Witnesses said that protesters raised anti-Mehbooba Mufti slogans and alleged that she has turned Jammu region into Pakistan.Crime Branch has already arrested three culprits including two SPO’s while it has also arrested a police officer for destroying the evidences.Asifa, an 8 year old minor was kidnapped and raped in Rasna Hera Nagar area of Kathua district and since then ‘Hindu Ekta Manch’ supported by BJP and NPP are politicizing the issue demanding the case be handed over to Central Bureau Investigation. (video Courtesy JK Media)

Posted by QNS 24×7 on Thursday, March 8, 2018

Over 70 JKNPP activist detained 

Meanwhile, more than 70 activists of the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party were detained by the police before they could join the “Ekta Yatra”.

JKNPP state chief Balwant Singh Mankotia told reporters that the people of Jammu area want a CBI probe. He claimed the crime branch officers belong to a particular community and expressed fears of harassment.

“These crime branch officers have harassed Hindus in the area in the name of probe, resulting in a large migration of Hindus from the area last week. It cannot be tolerated. We all want a probe by the CBI to arrest and punish the culprits.”

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