BJP workers clash with police during anti-govt protest in J&K

Jammu: BJP activists on Wednesday clashed with police here when they tried to burn an effigy of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah during a protest staged over a host of issues including his perceived anti-India comments on the accession of Jammu and Kashmir with the country, sources said.

More than 1,300 activists belonging to the BJP's Mahila Morcha and Yuva Morcha blocked road traffic for more than one and a half hours during the rally held in Janipur area. They later clashed with police when they burnt an effigy of the chief minister amid anti-government slogans, they added.

"We have started the next phase of the party’s agitation programmes today over the anti-India statement of the Chief Minister on accession of Jammu and Kashmir," BJP State General Secretary Sat Sharma told reporters.

He said the BJP has chalked out a number of protest demonstrations to be undertaken in a phased manner over a host of issues besides Omar's comments on the state's accession to India, such as rehabilitation of militants, delay in holding delimitation in the state and step-motherly treatment to Jammu in giving compensation to people affected during the 2008 Amarnath land transfer agitation.

Sharma said the party had launched agitations against the government earlier this month by organising a massive Workers Convention on November 20 in the city.