Policeman Booked For Murder

5 June 2015
Greater Kashmir
Yogesh Sagotra

Jammu: The administration today registered an FIR into the killing of a civilian in police firing after removal of posters of Khalistan militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale in Jammu. Police registered a case under section 302 at police station Satwari against a constable on the persistent demand of Sikh leaders and family of victim Jagjit Singh. Earlier, defying prohibitory orders, several youth in Sikh-dominated localities including Rani Bagh and Gadhigarh took to streets and raised anti-government slogans. The Sikh protestors also held a massive demonstration outside Medical College Jammu where the body of the youth killed in police firing was kept. The protestors, amid shouting of anti-government slogans, were opposing the postmortem of the body till the FIR is lodged in the killing. Groups of Sikhs also blocked the Jammu-Pathankote highway and burnt tyres at Digiana. Protesters raised slogans against the police and government. They also forced the shopkeepers to shut their shops. Similar protests were reported in Bakhshi Nagar, TalabTillo, Gandhi Nagar, Nanak Nagar, Trikuta Nagar and other parts of Jammu city. In the evening, when the protestors were carrying the body of the victim to his native village Chawal in R S Pura, some youth set a vehicle of television channel ABP NEWS on fire. Streets wore a deserted look in most parts of Jammu city as business establishments remained closed amid thin presence of public transport. As a precautionary measure and to check spread of rumours, the administration snapped internet services in Jammu. When contacted, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, PawanKotwal, said that situation is tense but under control adding that the civil and police administration is closely monitoring the developments. He said government has decided to keep schools and colleges closed on Saturday also. The killing evoked strong protest in Rajouri and Poonch districts also. People from all the communities observed a bandh in Poonch against the incident. Protests were also held in Nowshera where people from all the communities closed their business establishments.