Jammu Bandh Against Valley Package28 September 2010
Jammu: Bhartiya Janta Party’s state unit and Shiv Sena with active support from Panun Kashmir has called for Jammu bandh on Thursday against New Delhi’s eight-point package for Kashmir. Since the verdict on the Ayodhya dispute will be coming on the same day, it has raised apprehensions about law and order situation in Jammu region. “We have given bandh call in Jammu on September 30 to protest against the policies of central and state government where by Jammu has been ignored in all fields. The recently announced eight-point package by New Delhi is nothing but a policy formulated at the instance of the state government to appease separatists,” said BJP president Shamsher Singh Manhas. He said the decision of giving band call was taken after thorough deliberations with party leaders and other civil society members. The shutdown call has also been given by Shiv Sena (United). “Jammu people are suffering but no package has been announced to redress their demands,” president Shiv Sena (United) Rajesh Kesari said. The hard-line Kashmiri Pandit organization, Panun Kashmir, All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference General Secretary Hira Lal Chatta and Non-Camp Migrant Coordination Committee Chairman D N Kissu have extended support to BJP’s call on September 30. Intra-Jammu and Kashmir LoC Traders Association and Association of Jammu Travel Agents have also extended their support to the bandh call. The decision to announce a bandh call on the same day when the controversial Ayodhya verdict is expected has raised eye-brows. “They want to flare up communal passion for their own interests,” said Monu Jagdish, a scholar. “The saffron parties always want to communalize the atmosphere in Jammu, but I hope people will not pay heed to their call,” said a retired college professor, S K Khajuria. The civil and police administration, meanwhile, expressed ignorance about the development. They, however, said no one would be allowed to take law and order in hand. Police said that they are fully alert to tackle any such situation. “We hope people will not pay heed to such calls. Nobody would be allowed to communalise the situation. We have enough police force in hand to prevent the situation taking any untoward turn,” a senior police official told Rising Kashmir.