Protests Erupt In Kathua

Protests Erupt In Kathua

28 March 2014
Kashmir Times


Jammu: Protests erupted in Kathua district after vehicles carrying patients toward Jammu and Kathua were stopped by police in the wake of an encounter between security forces and militants today. About 200 people protested against police after a car carrying a pregnant woman and vehicles with other patients were intercepted by them on Jammu-Pathankot national highway. Congress minister Manohar Lal Sharma rushed to the spot and pacified protesters, who were later allowed to take patients to hospital. Chief minister Omar Abdullah Friday said the suspected militants were heavily armed and clearly planned to create massive havoc. He condemned the attack by suspected militants in Kathua and offered 'heartfelt condolences' to the families of deceased. '…My heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased & prayers for the injured,' Omar wrote on micro-blogging site, Twitter. He also announced that the operation in Kathua is 'officially over'. Three militants, two civilians and an army trooper were killed in a daring attack by unidentified militants in two areas of Kathua district in Jammu. Omar lauded the role of army, police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force in 'containing the fallout to the initial causalities and defeating the evil designs'. 'Militants had come very heavily armed & clearly planned to cause massive havoc. Plans that they were unable to carry out at all. The swift & coordinated response of army, police & CRPF has been markedly better compared to the Samba-Hiranagar attack some months ago,' Omar tweeted. Last year in September, three unidentified militants had stormed a police station and an army base in Samba and Hira Nagar sectors of Jammu division in which twelve persons including militants were killed. Omar, however, expressed concern over the infiltration of militants on International Border and asked Border Security Force (BSF) to 'look at vulnerable areas'. '…the ease with which militants exploited gaps in the fence to cross the international border is a matter of grave concern,' Omar wrote. 'The BSF needs to take a look at vulnerable areas & plug these gaps because these militants haven't given up & we can't let them succeed.'