Protests in Jammu over Omar`s accession remark

Five persons were injured here on Thursday as police cane-charged BJP and Panthers Party workers who took out processions here defying prohibitory orders and burnt effigies of CM Omar Abdullah`s remarks in the state Assembly.

Jammu: Five persons were injured here on Thursday
as police cane-charged BJP and Panthers Party workers who took
out processions here defying prohibitory orders and burnt
effigies of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah`s remarks in the
state Assembly.

Activists of BJP`s youth wing Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha
(BJYM) took out a protest rally in Kachi Chawani area of the
city against Omar Abdullah`s comments in the state Assembly
and injuries caused to BJP MLAs while they were being
marshalled out of the House after raising a ruckus over the
issue today.
Raising anti-government slogans, they termed Omar`s
statement as "anti-national" and "communal" in nature.

They burnt the effigy of Omar Abdullah and later clashed
with police when the personnel tried to stop their procession.

Police resorted to canecharge to disperse the mob in view
of section 144 of the CrPC imposed in the city and a ban on
processions.

BJP workers also took out protest rallies in Bishnah,
Gangyal, Janipur, City Chowk, R S Pura and burnt effigies of
Omar Abdullah raising of anti-Omar slogans.
Omar Abdullah`s statement is anti-national, anti-India
and communally sensitive, spokesperson of state BJP Ramesh
Arora demanded his dismissal, alleging that by speaking in
this manner he had violated the oath of office as the Chief
Minister.

The workers of JKNPP staged protest demonstration in
Udhampur, Ramnagar, Reasi and Gandhi Nagar area of the city
and burnt effigy of the Chief Minister.

A Police Control Room official said that situation is
under control. There have been clahses between police and BJP
workers at some places but the situation is now normal.

Three BJP legislators and a JKNPP legislator, besides
a marshall were minorly injured as BJP and JKNPP legislators
were marshalled out after a choas errupted in Jammu and
Kashmir Assembly with opposition members disrupted proceedings
over Chief Minister`s speech a day earlier.

Winding up the debate in the state Assembly on the
prevailing law and order situation in Kashmir yesterday, Omar
Abdullah had said neither he nor his council of ministers were
acting as "puppets" of the Centre.

He had also made known his disapproval of Union Home
Secretary G K Pillai announcing lifting of curfew in the
Valley, a move which he felt undermined the institutions of
the State.

PTI

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