Peaceful bandh observed in Udhampur and Reasi
Shops and other establishments remained closed as residents of Reasi and Udhampur, irked over Friday's communal violence in Kishtwar town, observed a complete shut down on Saturday.india Updated: Aug 10, 2013 18:11 IST
Shops and other establishments remained closed as residents of Reasi and Udhampur, irked over Friday's communal violence in Kishtwar town, observed a complete shut down on Saturday.
While the state government had declared a holiday in schools and colleges on Friday night as a precautionary measure, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists, led by Pawan Gupta, took out a protest march in the city.
Shouting slogans against the state government, the protesters blocked roads, disrupting movement of vehicular traffic.
Addressing the protesters, Gupta alleged that the National Conference-Congress coalition was responsible for the incident, adding that the situation could have been prevented from escalating if the administration had taking preventive steps when warned by BJP workers that some elements were trying to cause disturbance in the region.
"The Kishtwar incident is a symbol of the failure of the state government to ensure safety of minorities in the district. People should unite to send a clear signal to the government that it should not take the minorities for granted," he added.
Complete bandh was observed in Ramnagar, Chenani and Katra towns, where people demanded the removal of state home minister Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo, and a judicial probe by a sitting high court judge, besides security cover to people of the minority communities in the region.
Owners of shops along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway downed the shutters in protest, while the district administration diverted traffic from the highway as a precaution.