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HE Media Beureau | Amritsar | 21 July 2014:: On the call of Bandh by Punjab Shiv Sena, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Punjab Gau Raksha Dal and other Hindu organisations a Complete Bandh was observed in holy city of Amritsar and outskirts today on Monday.
Today, VHP and Other religious organisations activist along with local public of Hindu community held protest demonstrations in the major street of city here besides burning effigies meant for fanatic elements attacked Sri Amarnath Yatra Hindu Pilgrims at Baltal base of Kashmir valley on Friday evening .
No shop, business establishments were allowed functioning by the mob of various Hindu activists roaming in the open jeeps and two wheelers while brandishing naked swords that created Hindu-Sikh valour in the city. Nevertheless to say the cavalcade of Hindu outfits were moving amidst the tight security of police. Members of Punjab Gau Raksha Dal played a major role for the success of this Bandh, as report came in from authentic source.
During the bandh activists held demonstrations in major areas of the holy city. Most of the shops, business establishments and educational institutions in the city remained closed.
According to the police, no untoward incident was reported from anywhere. According to source, Punjab Police prevented protesters from going inside historical Khairudeen mosque at hall bazar. Hindu demonstrators were shouting slogans against J&K and Pakistan governments.
It is learnt that on 18th July, Friday Muslim fanatics attacked pilgrims going to Amarnath; in which 60 pilgrims have been injured and condition of 7 of them was serious. J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdulla has appointed a senior officer to conduct inquiry into the matter. Central Home Minister Rajnath Singh contacted Omar Abdulla and instructed him to take necessary steps for security of pilgrims. Jammu-Kashmir police have, however, tried to show that the big attack on pilgrims was just a trivial fight. It has been stated in their report that, few tents got burnt injuring few persons. The report does not make any reference to fanatics gathered there. The tension between Hindu Pilgrims and the local fanatic Muslims was started out of dispute over ill behaviour with female pilgrims by Muslim pony owners that resulted a clash with those Hindus, running free langars/bhandaras (community kitchens) followed by the alleged high-handedness by CRPF personnel. The local Muslims bearing Jihadi mentality started attack upon the Hindu pilgrims under a high handed menace and nuisance.
Damage caused to Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage due the attack conducted by Islamic fanatics.
1.110 tents of pilgrims were burnt.
2. Property of 15 ‘Langars’ has been damaged.
3. About 30 vehicles vandalized.
4. 150 gas cylinders ignited culminating into explosion of most of them.
5. About 60 pilgrims including 21 security guards injured; out of them condition of 7 is serious.
6. Inconvenience caused to 5000 pilgrims.
7. Yatra (Walk on Pilgrimage) withheld for one day.
8. Damage caused is worth Rs. 2 crore.
In the context of growing Islamic hooliganism upon Hindu Pilgrimage of Amarnath Yatra, Dr. Pravin Bhai Togadia, International President of VHP, warned a dire consequences for the attacking Muslims in the line of Godhra or Muzaffarnagar.
Many of NGOs and Bhandara Committees under the umbrella All India Langar Samity have decided a big protest rally on 23 July on and from 10-00 am at Jantar Mantar (New Delhi) for Govt. intervention for the smooth and threat-less Varshik Amarnath Tirth Yatra.
Friends! You know the Islamic mentality that has been disturbing, attacking and trying to spoil the Yearly Sri Amarnath Yatra for the last few years in a very condemnable Jihadi fashion. This year also the Muslim perpetrators created another menace at Baltal base to stop the Yatra and attacked Hindu pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra. The whole of the Nation is condemning the barbaric Islamic attack on Hindu pilgrims at Baltal. To protest this continuing attack on Hindu Pilgrims, various organisations catering free Seva (service) to the Pilgrims, are going to join a demonstration under the banner of All India Langar Seva Samiti at Jantar Mantar on 23rd July 2014, on and from 10-00 am. We on behalf of Hindu Existence Forum request all Shiva Bhakta, please join this demonstration and register your protest against barbaric attack upon pilgrims of Amarnath Ji Yatra and strengthen our movement to keep alive Yearly Amarnath Yatra intact in the Shiva Bhoomi (Land of Lord Shiva) of Kashmir. Please join us at Jantar Mantar on 23rd July at 10-00 am. Om Namah Shivay. Jai Amarnath Ji ki Jai. Har Har Mahadev. ~ Upananda Brahmachari.