Activists of BJP, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena on Wednesday held demonstrations at several places in Jammu province and burnt state Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig in effigy for objecting to the allotment of forest land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.
In this city, protest demonstration was held by BJP and Shiv Sena activists at Janipur, New Plot, Chowk Chabutra, Mahesh Pura, Satwari, Talab Tillo and Gandhi Nagar, official sources said in Jammu.
Similar protest demonstrations were also held by Bajrang Dal activists at Kalakote, Sunderbani, Rajouri, Hiranagar and Manwal, the sources said.
BJP and Shiv Sena activists also held protest demonstrations at Lakhanpur, the entry point to Jammu and Kashmir, the sources said adding they burnt the effigies of the deputy chief minister and Hurriyat leaders.
Traffic on Lakhanpur-Jammu Highway remained closed for about 20 minutes from 1100 hours during the demonstration period, they said.
Meanwhile, vice president and BJP spokesman Hari Om has urged state Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to rein in senior PDP leader Baig as he has been making provocative statements.
Baig has no moral right to speak on the issue of transfer of land at Baltal for providing facilities to Amarnath pilgrims as the PDP is itself a party to the cabinet decision, Om said in a statement in Jammu.
"The protagonists of this vicious tirage dub the holy Amarnath yatra as a cultural invasion of Kashmir affecting its ecology, cultural identity and demography. To this effect, these people have been issuing highly inflammatory communal statements causing hurt and anguish to a billion Hindus and Kashmiri Hindus in particular," Agnishekhar said.
The Panun Kashmir chief said the developments exposed the "much-touted Kashmiriyat" which is "nothing but a smokescreen to camouflage the communal fangs."
He particularly accused former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Beig, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami for "openly fanning communalism" in the valley.
"Congress is the ruling party in the state and it cannot remain a mute spectator to the happenings around. The gains of our valiant security forces are being frittered away at the cost of political expediency," Agnishekhar said.
"In this hour of crisis, your personal intervention alone would save the day," he said addressing the Prime Minister.
Roots in Kashmir also wrote a similar letter to Singh, saying some political parties, including ruling Congress, were hell-bent on creating hurdles in the Amarnath yatra.