JAMMU: Pilgrims who came to the city for paying their obeisance to Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi were among the worst sufferers of Jammu Bandh observed on Friday. Friday was the first day of the 72-hour Jammu Bandh, called by the AIIMS Coordination Committee (ACC).
Normal life was crippled across the Jammu City in response to the strike.
All commercial vehicles went off the road and shops were closed in the entire city till late evening. The protesters burnt tyres and blocked the roads, including the national highways, for hours.
There was a curfew-like situation in the city. One could hardly find any vehicle plying on the roads.
The tourists are pouring in the state from all part of the country these days to take part in Shri Amarnath Yatra. Because of the Jammu Bandh, pilgrims had to bear the brunt. Complete shutdown of the city made them to wander here and there for food, transport and other amenities. Many of them were forced to spend a night on the floors of Jammu Bus Stand and railway station. Some were fleeced massively by the wee auto rickshaws spotted in the city. “Their was no means of transport after hours of waiting, we found one auto rickshaw. We were five people and were charged Rupees 1000 by him,” shared one tourist who had come to visit Vaishnodevi with his family.
Others who suffered because of Jammu Bandh included labourers, rehri walas and other private employees.