SRINAGAR Kashmir drivers along with their counterparts from Jammu staged a protest at the press enclave here to protest Fridays vandalism in Jammu.
Scores of the Kashmiri drivers along with the Jammu counterparts assembled at press colony to protest the assault on drivers in Jammu, reports said.
The protesting drivers alleged that a couple of divers were beaten and many vehicles were torched by the mob in Jammu earlier in the day. They also sought the safety and security of the People living outside the state, mostly drivers ferrying passengers from Kashmir to Jammu.
We never assaulted anybody from Jammu or any other state, then why would somebody assault the Kashmiris outside, said one of the protesting drivers.
Various leaders from mainstream and separatist camps Friday expressed concern over safety of Kashmiris living in Jammu and outside in wake of what seemed to be concerted violence in the winter capital city over Thursdays attack on CRPF in Pulwama .
According to reports, mobs defied curfew and went on rampage in several areas of Jammu, destroying property and setting vehicles ablaze.
The mobs burnt tyres and placed barricades on several roads. Reports said a number of vehicles from a particular community were damaged and attempts made to set on fire their dwellings by the rampaging crowds.
Secretariat Employees Union Ghulam Rasool Mir told local news agency GNS that attempts were made to set ablaze the several residential quarters of employees while stones were thrown at most them. Our vehicles have been damaged and attempts have been made to torch our houses, Mir said.
Army conducted flag marches in sensitive areas.
The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Geelani and Yasin Malik strongly condemned the incidents of arson in Jammu in Gujjar Nagar and elsewhere incident where some communal elements freely torched the vehicles of Kashmiri Muslims and injured many others, according to a statement.
Former chief minister and National Conference chief Omar Abdullah said the reports of violence and arson in Jammu were deeply worrying while PDP chief and former CM Mehbooba Mufti sought the intervention of Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the Jammu and Kashmir police in the matter.
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