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BJP to launch agitation over 'Kishtwar' after I-day

india Updated: Aug 14, 2013 20:58 IST

The Jammu and Kashmir unit of BJP would launch an agitation after Independence day, to demand the release of "innocent" persons detained in connection with the Kishtwar violence and compensation to traders, who have suffered losses and damages.

It would also sought strengthening of the Village Defence Committees (VDCs) which have played a vital role controlling militancy.

"After the Independence Day, our party will launch a sustained agitation in support of the demands conceded by the government in the wake of Kishtwar incidents," state party president Jugal Kishore Sharma told reporters here.

"These demands include immediate release of innocent persons under detention, paying compensation to the minority traders who has suffered during the Kishtwar riots and further strengthening of the VDCs," he added.

BJP for the time being has suspended its agitation programme, including a bandh called for Saturday keeping in view of the Independence day tomorrow.

The party along with other organisations had called for a bandh last Saturday in protest against the communal violence in Kishtwar. It had later extended the bandh to Sunday and Monday, demanding resignation of MoS Home Sajjad Kitchloo.

Meanwhile, VHP said that it will launch an agitation from August 16 in support of its demand for full compensation for losses incurred by minority community traders in Kishtwar in the communal clashes which rocked the town on Eid.

"We have suspended the bandh for time being --we will resume agitation from 16 August and continue it till our demands are not met," VHP state chief Rama Kant Dubey told reporters here.