Jammu and Kashmir news
Opposition party National Conference today strongly criticized the insensitive handling of the situation in Jammu city by the J&K government after violent clashes erupted between protesters and police two days ago.
NC spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu today condemned the use of force on protesters and expressed grief over the tragic loss of an innocent life and the civilians who have been injured in the aggressive clashes.
He said that there are clear indications that this situation is a direct result of poor and insensitive handling of the whole situation by the state government. “Certain rash, confrontational statements from prominent BJP leaders in the aftermath of this tragedy clearly prove what the PDP-BJP government’s intentions are,” Mattu said.
A youth was killed yesterday evening and seven people including three policemen were reported injured in clashes between the police and a sikh group after the police removed the posters of slain Khalistani militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale in Jammu city on Thursday.
Mattu said the response of the state government to every agitation and protest “thus far has been oppressive and ruthless, be that in Kashmir or in Jammu”. He said that government’s response with a complete clampdown on internet facilities was also highly unfortunate.
NC Minority Cell in-charge, Sardar Jagdish Singh Azad said that rather than using mediation, negotiation and arbitration, the PDP-BJP government resorted to provocation and use of force against members of a particular community in Jammu. This adds to the growing apprehensions among minorities about the government’s plans and today, because of this, the situation in Jammu is grim and apprehensive, Azad added.