Jammu and Kashmir news
On June 3, a group of Sikhs gathered at Rani Bagh and started raising slogans against the Jammu and Kashmir Police. The Sikh Nawajawan Sabha (SNS) had installed a hoarding with Bhindranwale’s picture on a commercial site to inform the community members about his Remembrance Day i.e. June 6, which was eventually taken down by some police officials. The protesters complained that the police took down the hoarding without informing the community and that has hurt their religious sentiments. The protest continued for a few hours and the police later cleared the road to restore traffic on the route. The group gathered again the next morning and the situation has been tense since then. A sub-inspector was injured and a protester was killed in the evening. Another protester suffered an injury in the leg.
Protesters in Ranibagh burn the media van of ABP news; tension grips the city as the unrest continues. ABP team member Ajay Wachloo along with the cameraman were beaten up by the mob. Live view camera of the crew was also destroyed.
Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr Jitendra Singh on Friday said that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured that Jammu and Kashmir will be provided all the help it requires to contain the violent clash between the Sikh community and the state police. Singh has also directed the deputation of extra forces to keep the situation under control.
Jitendra Singh said that the Jammu is witnessing unfortunate sequence of events.”We just met Rajnath Singh and he has assured us that all kind of help will be provided in getting things under control. The Home Ministry is in constant contact with the state government and I am sure soon the things will be under control,” he added.
At least one civilian was killed and 25 persons, including 3 policemen, were injured when members of Sikh community clashed with the police in the Satwari area of Jammu.
Meanwhile, protesters in Jammu have blocked the Jammu- Pathankot National Highway over the clash, with the unrest spreading to Srinagar.
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Sikh protesters block traffic on Jammu Pathankot Highway.
Fresh stir in areas of Srinagar and Kathua has been reported. A Sikh group has been temporarily detained in Srinagar in order to avoid any ill situation. More details here.
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Indefinite curfew continues in parts of tension-ridden Jammu city on Friday. The authorities have ordered closure of all educational institutions in five districts of the Jammu region for the day.
Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr Pawan Kotwal has ordered closure of all educational institutions including schools and colleges in districts Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Rajouri and Poonch.
Expressing deep sorrow and anguish over the loss of a precious human life during protests by the members of the Sikh community in Jammu today, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said that while it is the responsibility of the police to maintain law and order, but at the same time Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) should be strictly adhered to avoid such tragedies during public protests. More details here.
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A protester was killed and over a dozen others, including three policemen, were injured on Thursday in clashes between security forces and a group of Sikh who blocked roads here on Thursday denouncing the removal of a poster carrying picture of militant Sikh leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.
Police sources said security forces had to open fire to quell a violent mob of Sikh protesters at Gadigarh, eight km from Jammu city centre.
“One person was killed in this firing incident and over a dozen others, including three policemen, were injured when a violent mob attacked the deployed security forces in Gadigarh area,” a source told.
The killed man was identified as Jagjit Singh, son of Narveer Singh of RS Pura.
Reports said three three injured policemen have been shifted to hospital in a critical condition after the mob attacked them.
Tension gripped the entire Jammu city after the news of police firing spread.
Sikh protesters blocked the Jammu-RS Pura road at Gadigarh by erecting road blocks and burning old tyres on the highway. They were agitating against the removal of Bhindranwale posters by police in the area on Wednesday.
An angry protester then attacked a police assistant sub-inspector with a knife in Satwari area of Jammu city on Wednesday, following which tensions mounted among the Sikh community here. Senior police and civil administration officials, including the district magistrate and the senior superintendent of police, have rushed to the spot.
Reinforcements of police and CRPF have also been rushed to the area to prevent further violence.
DC Jammu Simrandeep Singh has imposed curfew in Ranibagh- Gadigarh area. Also, a youth has reportedly died in the clashes between the cops and the protesters and one has been reported injured in the leg.
After yesterday’s protest by a Sikh community, the protesters continue to block the road. The agitated crowd is aggressively demanding the return of the hoarding that the police took off a day ago. The protesters have refused to move and are not ready to allow any vehicle to move. They said that the police has hurt their religious sentiments by taking off the flex that had been put in order to pay homage to Shaheed Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale whose martyrdom is observed on June 6.
Yesterday afternoon, a group of Sikhs gathered at Rani Bagh and started raising slogans against the Jammu and Kashmir Police. The Sikh Nawajawan Sabha (SNS) had installed a hoarding with Bhindranwale’s picture on a commercial site to inform the community members about his Remembrance Day i.e. June 6. The protesters complained that the police took down the hoarding without informing the community and that has hurt their religious sentiments. The protest continued for a few hours yesterday and the police later cleared the road to restore traffic on the route. But today, the protesters have gathered again and the road has been blocked again.