Sitting on dharna with other party leaders at Kachi Chawni Chowk on Friday to protest against the growing incidents of communal violence in Kishtwar and failure of the government to ensure safety of the minorities in Kishtwar, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Jugal Kishore Sharma called for a bandh in Jammu on Saturday.
Appealing to people to make the bandh 'successful', he said that the Chamber of Commerce, Bar Association, Beopar Mandal, and various social and religious organisations had assured the party support for the bandh.
Accusing the National Conference-Congress coalition of allowing "free reign to members of the majority community to harass, terrorise, and kill minorities and damage their properties", Sharma alleged that such attacks had become routine in the area because of the state government's failure to take effective measures, including identification and booking of culprits.
Condemning the incident, BJP leader Ashok Khajuria urged people to unite and send a clear signal to the state government to not to take minorities in the state for granted, and to ensure that such incidents are not repeated.
"The soft approach of the state government towards the majority community is sending the wrong message and more such incidents could occur if the policy is continued," he added.
BJP activists staged similar protests in Rajouri, RS Pura Kathua Hiranagar, Vijaypur and Samba.