Amid protests, Jammu witnessed a shutdown for the fifth consecutive day on Tuesday as the agitation led by the AIIMS Coordination Committee, demanding an All India Institute of Medical Sciences in the region, continued unabated.
Batting strongly for issuance of notification required as per the AIIMS Act of 2012 to establish an AIIMS in the Jammu region, the ACC threatened that the agitation would escalate further.
The chain hunger strike resumed by the ACC entered a fortnight Tuesday with more than 40 people taking turns to sit for the protest.
Most business establishments and shops remained closed and public transport remained off the road in view of the bandh call given by the ACC that is spearheading the agitation.
The bandh had begun on August 30.
However, in certain areas some shops reopened.
People held protests by burning of tyres and effigies at several places and various roads in Janipur, Tawi Bridge, Gangyal, Jewel, Purani Mandi of the city.
Over 50 people have been arrested during the bandh period for defying restrictions and 30 of them have been bailed out, police said.
“The situation is peaceful. There were no reports of any violent incidents. Protests have been held at few places. Some areas also shops have reopened here,” said superintendent of police Rajiv Pandey.
ACC chairman and Jammu Bar Association (JBA) president, Abhinav Sharma charged the BJP with using force, including police, to derail the agitation.