1 Killed in Police Firing, Curfew Imposed

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Protests Over Bhindranwale’s Posters Rock Jammu 

SRINAGAR: A Sikh youth was killed in police firing after violent clashes erupted in Gardigarh area in Jammu city outskirts on Thursday, reports said.

The clashes erupted against ‘removal’ of posters of late Sikh separatist ideologue Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale in the city. 

According to witnesses, the police in order to control the mob resorted to firing in which a youth identified as Jagjeet Singh was killed. Following the incident, the protesters resorted to massive stone-throwing prompting authorities to impose curfew in the areas falling under police Station Satwari and police post Gaedigarh.

Meanwhile, Dal Khalsa has strongly condemned the killing of the youth, saying he was protesting against the detention of some youths by city police.

Expressing full solidarity with Jammu Sikhs and offering condolence to the family members of deceased, party leaders Satnam Singh and Kanwar Pal Singh in a statement alleged that the BJP has a complete hold on Jammu administration and “it was this party who nurtures hatred against Sikhs and Muslims”.

They alleged that BJP was playing dangerous game and in order to silence the voices of minorities they had given free hand to police and security forces. They said: “removing of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale’s posters that led to the outrage was BJP’s design aimed at provoking Sikh youth. Jammu police has unleashed a reign of terror on protesting Sikhs and showed their barbaric face. The police barbarism was repeat of what they have been doing with the valley Muslims since decades”, it said.

The Sikh leaders called upon the Chief Minister to ensure strict action against the police officers who had taken law into their hands. “All soft talks of Mufti Sahib has fell flat (sic),” they said. 

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.

No Dual Policies: Minister

Reacting to the Jammu incidents, union minister Jetendra Singh  Rana said: “Union government doesn’t have dual policies. When (Pakistani) flags are waved in Kashmir law takes its own course. Same way, we have given the state government a day to act in Jammu against those who stabbed police official and created law and order problem there. If they fail, we will act,” he said.

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