SRINAGAR: The protests triggered by the removal of posters of Sikh leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale by police yesterday left one protester killed and over a dozen others injured Thursday.

To register their protest against the removal of Bhindranwale’s posters, Sikh youth since Thursday morning blocked roads. On face of unabated dissent, government forces had to open fire to quell protesters at Gadigarh, eight km from Jammu city.

In forces action, protesters said, one person identified as Jagjit Singh of RS Pura was killed. Protests also left three cops injured.

Notably on Wednesday, an angry protester stabbed a police assistant sub-inspector in Satwari area of Jammu city for removing Bhindranwale’s posters.

To contain dissent, reinforcements of police and paramilitary have also been rushed to the area to prevent further violence.

Meanwhile, a Sikh body, Dal Khalsa has strongly condemned the killings of a Sikh Jagjit Singh.

Expressing full solidarity with Jammu Sikhs and offering condolence to the family members of deceased, party leaders Satnam Singh and Kanwar Pal Singh said the BJP has a complete hold on Jammu administration and it is this party who nurtures hatred against Sikhs and Muslims.

“BJP is playing dangerous game and in order to silence the voices of minorities they had given free hand to police and security forces,” Dal Khalsa said in a statement.

“The removing of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale’s posters that led to the outrage was BJP’s design aimed to provoke Sikh youth.”

They said the Jammu police has unleashed a reign of terror on protesting Sikhs and showed their “barbaric face”.

“The police barbarism was repeat of what they have been doing with the valley Muslims since decades,” the Sikh body said.

They called upon the Chief Minister to ensure strict action against the police officers who had taken law into their hands.

“All soft talks of Mufti Sahib has fell flat,” they said.



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