VHP bandh passes off peacefully in Jammu

Last Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 18:09

Jammu: The day-long bandh called by Vishwa
Hindu Parishad here to protest against the alleged failure of
district administration in taking action against miscreants
who attacked a religious procession in Rajouri town, passed
off peacefully on Saturday.

"There were no reports of any untoward incident during
the bandh," a senior police official said.

Shops in Jammu remained closed during the bandh hours and
the flow of traffic came to a virtual standstill. Members of
VHP, BJP, Sri Ram Sena and Kranti Dal took out processions and
set ablaze effigies to express their anger against police
crackdown on protesters.

Several political, trade, social, transport and religious
organisations extended their support to the day-long bandh.

Border towns of Sunderbani, Noushera also observed bandh.
"Our protest was against the police atrocities on
minority community and its failure to initiate the required
action against miscreants," State VHP Chief Dr Rama Kant Dubey
said, adding that the bandh has been called off after a state
delegation accepted their demands.

A state delegation led by Health Minister and senior
Congress leader Sham Lal Sharma held a 16-hour-long meeting
with members of two communities.

"Demands of compensation, withdrawal of FIRs, probe into
incident and the shifting of Deputy Commissioner and SSP have
been accepted," Sharma said.

Meanwhile, shops opened after the 10-day-long curfew was
lifted today in Rajouri, about 140 km from here.

Curfew was imposed in Rajouri town on March 8 after some
unidentified persons pelted stones at a religious procession,
prompting security personnel to fire tear gas shells to
disperse them.

The stone-hurlers were protesting against VHP
International president Praveen Togadia`s remarks which, they
alleged, had hurt sentiments of a particular community.

Seventeen people were arrested for their alleged
involvement in the violence. A major clash was witnessed
between people and police on March 15, leaving several injured
on both sides.


First Published: Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 18:09

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