Bajrang Dal activists on way to Baltal stopped on NH
At least 80 activists of Bajrang Dal, who were on way to Baltal base camp of Shri Amarnath cave shrine were today detained as a preventive measure after they were stopped near Jhajjar Kotli on the city outskirts on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.chandigarh Updated: May 13, 2012 20:19 IST
At least 80 activists of Bajrang Dal, who were on way to Baltal base camp of Shri Amarnath cave shrine were Sunday detained as a preventive measure after they were stopped near Jhajjar Kotli on the city outskirts on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
The Bajrang Dal activists led by their leaders comprising Nand Kishore and Surinder Mishra this morning took out a religious procession and after performing special prayers at Ranwershwar Temple, they proceeded in two buses towards the Baltal base camp situated in Anantnag district of Kashmir.
Various Hindu organisations and Jammu based political parties have condemned the state government for allegedly curtailing the duration of the yatra period.
The government has announced June 25 as scheduled date for beginning of yatra, which would culminate on August 2.
However, the Bajrang Dal activists amid chants of 'Bam Bam Bhole' and 'Jai Jai Shiv Shankar' left for the Balatal but they were stopped at Jhajjar Kotli, about 35 km from here on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
"The activists of Bajrang Dal were not allowed to proceed and detained as a preventive measure," a police spokesman said.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad state president Ramakant Dubey condemned the authorities "for not allowing them to proceed to the base camp."
"We are living in a democratic set up and have freedom to move anywhere across the country," Mr Dubey told UNI.
He said the activists were peacefully proceeding to Baltal to set up a base camp for the pilgrims coming to perform yatra.
"They were not going to perform the yatra but arrange facilities for the yatris besides inspecting the present situation and clearing the snow bound route," Dubey said.
"We have not yet received any official invitation from the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board for talks but we are firm on our stand and the yatra will commence from June 4," he added.
First Published: May 13, 2012 19:50 IST