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Sunday, Dec 15, 2019

Clashes erupt in Jammu on day two of shutdown

The bandh, sponsored by the BJP-Shiv Sena has been called to demand Governor Vohra's resignation for handing over affairs of the Amarnath Shrine Board to the state Govt.

india Updated: Jul 01, 2008 12:59 IST


Protesters blocked traffic and fought pitched battles with police in Jammu as the BJP-Shiv Sena sponsored shutdown demanding removal of Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra over the Amarnath Shrine land row entered the second day on Tuesday.

Two BJP activists were injured in skirmishes with police as demonstrators burnt tyres and torched effigies of the Governor, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, police said.

They also blocked vehicular traffic on the highway and other inter-districts road, they said adding 11 BJP-Shiv Sena activists were arrested in connection with the violence.

Denouncing Vohra's decision to hand over affairs of the Amarnath Shrine Board to the state government, the protesters sought his immediate removal.

Shops and businesses remained shut and traffic remained off the road for the second straight day on Tuesday in the city.

The state government ordered closure of schools, colleges and other educational institutions as a precautionary measure while the Jammu University put off examinations of its management courses scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

IGP (Jammu) K Rajindra said the situation was tense but under control, adding adequate police had been deployed in the entire city where prohibitory orders had been imposed to maintain peace.

The BJP-Shiv Sena shutdown, which has crippled normal life, has been extended till Wednesday.