Sikh Protests: Jammu Remains “Tense but Under Control”
Protests continue in spite of the authorities imposing Section 144 of the CrPC.
Situation in Jammu was “tense” on Friday as Sikh youth defied prohibitory orders and held protests in various areas as part of a three-day old agitation.
Protests were also held in Kashmir besides Poonch, Rajouri and other parts of Jammu region over the death of a young man during clashes with the police. The unrest began after posters of Khalistani militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale were removed.
Protests were held in various areas like Digiana, Gangyal, Canal, Tallab Tilloo, Rehari, Bakshinagar, Narwal and Gole Gujral areas. Groups of protestors blocked the Jammu-Pathakote highway and burnt tyres.
Police Action in Jammu
• Mobile and internet services suspended in Jammu to prevent rumour mongering.
• Schools and colleges closed in several districts.
• Police and paramilitary forces deployed in sensitive areas of Jammu city where situation is described by authorities as “tense but under control”.
• Section 144 of CrPC imposed in violence-hit areas of Satwari-Ranibagh-Gadigarh-R S Pura belt.
Attacks on Police
Meanwhile, some unidentified men stabbed a policeman and fled with his AK rifle in Gangyal area of Jammu city, Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Jammu East Mohmmad Rafiq said.
The constable Joginder Pal, who is Personal Security Officer (PSO) of Deputy Superintendent of Police (Jammu East) Mohammad Rafiq, was shifted to the GMC hospital, where his condition has improved, the police officer said.
“We have recovered the AK-rifle from some people this afternoon and a case has been registered. Arrest will also take place,” SDPO said.
(With inputs from PTI)
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