Jammu : Protests and anger spilled onto roads against the killing of innocent persons, including a soldier, in separate terror attacks in the Dayalachak and Janglote areas of Kathua district in the wee hours this morning.
The Panthers Party youth wing staged a protest in Samba and burnt Pakistan’s flag.
The protest was led by Pushvinder Manhas, senior vice-president, Young Panthers. The protesters raised slogans against Pakistan accusing it of sponsoring cowardly acts and terror attacks to create communal tension in Jammu and Kashmir.
Manhas said such type of incidents were highly condemnable and shameful. He also took Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to task and described him as a “security risk”. He demanded Omar’s immediate removal for his alleged failure in curbing infiltration and militancy. “On the other hand, he has framed policies like rehabilitation for militants, which rehabilitate militants without any verification,” he said.
In Jammu city, activists of the National Panthers student Union (NPSU) staged a protest at Dogra Chowk, Jammu, demanding immediate dismissal of the Chief Minister. The protesters, led by Partap Singh, state president, NPSU, also burnt the Chief Minister’s effigy.
The J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu, also condemned the terror strikes and advocated for strengthening the security forces with sophisticated weapons. In a meeting held under the chairmanship of MK Bhardwaj, president of the association, here, participants lauded the role of the police, Army and paramilitary forces in countering militancy.
Describing the terrorist attack in Dayalachak as an eye-opener for those who were consistently advocating removal of the AFSPA, the association urged the state and the Central governments to strengthen the security grid and existing village defence committees (VDCs) and creation of more VDCs in the border villages of Jammu, Samba, Kathua and other parts of the state.
The association also urged people to remain united, vigilant and cooperate with the police and armed forces in fighting militancy in every possible manner.
In a meeting of the office-bearers of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), Jammu, held under the presidentship of YV Sharma, the CCI condemned the militant attacks at Dayalachak and Janglote in Kathua district.
It said this type of attack by militants had come at such a juncture when the entire nation was busy with elections. The chamber said this type of attack was the handiwork of enemies to destabilise the elections, as they wanted to disturb the elections. “We urge the government to take stringent measures so that these types of attacks do not occur again,” it said.
The Jammu West Assembly Movement (JWAM) took out an anti-Pakistan rally in the city to protest against the killing of civilians in the terror attacks. The protesters also burnt Pakistan flags and the effigy of Pakistan Prime Minister. Sunil Dimple, president, JWAM, condemned the killings, frequent ceasefire violations, infiltration bids on borders and accused the neighbouring country of creating trouble in Jammu and Kashmir. Similarly, activists of the Dogra Front and the Shiv Sena under the leadership of Ashok Gupta took out a procession in Jammu city against the terror attacks and burned Pakistan flag.
Source : Online Media Report