Jammu observes bandh to protest massacre
15 July 2002
The Hindustan Times
Jammu: Shops and commercial establishments remained closed in the city and vehicles were off the road as a bandh was being observed on Monday to protest Saturday''s attack by ultras in Qasim Nagar, in which 28 slum dwellers were killed. Official sources said attendence in government offices and banks was thin due to non availability of vehicular traffic. The bandh was called by state unit of BJP, Jammu Joint Students Federation (JJSF) and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP). The state administration has ordered the closure of schools and colleges, they said, adding however, all the examinations scheduled for the day shall be held as scheduled. Reports said that bandh was also observed in Ramban, Bhaderwah and Kishtwar towns of Jammu district. Meanwhile, pradesh BJP leaders including state president, DK Kotwal, have demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah. In a statement they also demanded imposition of Governor''s rule in the state. They urged the people to observe restraint and maintain communal harmony.