Jammu’s Sikh Revolt Under ‘Intelligence’ Radar




Three days after peace was restored in Jammu, reports surfacing in some sections of Jammu media claim that the intelligence agencies while doing post-mortem of protests are sniffing a “foreign hand” behind the Sikh revolt in Jammu.

As per the reports, intelligence agencies have started investigation in track foreign connections in the ugly episode which claimed life of a youth. “Intelligence agencies are not denying hands from across the border in the recent clashes,” reports said, “because there were some elements in the protests instigating innocent Sikh youth to attack cops.”

Intelligence agencies, reports claimed, are also trying to identify group of motorcycle-borne youth who moved from different areas of the city and attacked people with swords without any provocation. “When a youth was arrested by the police on August 5, 2014, the arrested youth had disclosed about game-plan for their mentors sitting across the border,” the reports said. “Punjab Police along with Jammu police had conducted a raid on August 5, 2014 and arrested two youth from Miran Sahib area.”

After arresting the youth, the reports said, Punjab Police officer had said: “the terror module, funded and co-ordinated from Spain and United Kingdom, was a joint conspiracy of two Pakistan-based terrorist outfits to carry out attacks.”

But many Jammu-based Sikhs are calling the intelligence probe into the recent revolt “too ambitious” on part of agencies. “It was a clear case of instigation,” said Pradeep Singh, a Jammu-based businessman. “Sikhs regard Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale very high. Removal of his posters provoked the community.”

Notably, protest broke out in Jammu after cops removed posters of Sikh leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. In an ensued police action, one Sikh youth Jagjit Singh was killed. The Sikh body Dal Khalsa accused BJP of being the brainchild behind provocation. And in valley, separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani and Muhammad Yasin Malik condemned the state’s action on Sikh brethren.

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