Shiv Sena activists protest against Pakistan; Delhi-Lahore bus stopped for 10 minutes in Phagwara
Sena workers burnt the Pakistani national flag while raising anti-government slogans.punjab Updated: Jul 11, 2017 13:54 IST
The situation in Phagwara became tense after Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) activists, while protesting the attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims, stopped the Sada-e-Sarhad bus on the national highway on Tuesday.
In the terror attack, seven pilgrims on the way to the Amarnath shrine, five of whom were women, were killed in Anantnag and 19 people were injured.
Shiv Sena activists said that they will “not allow” any bus carrying Pakistani nationals on their roads.
Following this, authorities were forced to halt the Lahore-Delhi buses outskirts of Phagwara for approximately 10 minutes before deploying heavy security forces in the city to allow the bus to pass. Sena workers also burnt the Pakistani national flag while raising anti-government slogans.
They accused Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and her alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of “not making efforts to control violent protests” and “failing” to ensure safety of pilgrims.
Inderjit Karwal, senior state vice-president of Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray), urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take “concrete steps” to teach Pakistan “a lesson”.
‘Will not allow J&K vehicles in Punjab’
“If the Union government fails to take any steps against Pakistani and Kashmiri militants, we will intensify our protest and vehicles belonging to Jammu and Kashmir will not be allowed to ply on Punjab roads,” he said. .