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PTI | Jammu | July 11, 2017:: Massive protests rocked Jammu division today against the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims with protestors blocking highways at several places in Jammu, Udhampur, Kathua and Samba districts.
The protests were held by various parties including the congress, JKNPP, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G A Mir strongly condemned the attack and described it as shocking and highly shameful.
Over 200 activists of the JKPCC thronged Rehari belt of Jammu city and held protests against the killing of pilgrims.They raised anti-government and anti-BJP slogans and demanded that the government should be sacked.
Led by Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) Chairman Harsh Dev Singh, over 200 activists thronged Dogra chowk in the city and held demonstrations and sit-ins.
Amid anti-pakistan sloganeering, they burnt tyres and demanded that the Mehbooba Mufti government be sacked for its total failure to protect the pilgrims.
“This is the biggest failure of the BJP-PDP government in J&K and the BJP government at the Centre on the security front. They should own responsibility not only for the terror attack but also for pushing Kashmir into the worst state of terror during Modi rule”, Singh told reporters.
The JKNPP leader demanded sacking of the Mehbooba Mufti government and crackdown on the terror infrastructure in Kashmir.
Over 250 activists of the Congress led by former Minister Raman Bhalla also took out a rally and held demonstrations in the city.
Amid anti-government slogans, they burnt effigy of the state government and demanded imposition of Governor’s rule in the state.
In Udhampur, JKNPP held protests and burnt tyres on the highway amid anti-government slogans.
The VHP and Bajrang Dal also held rallies in the city amid anti-government and anti-Pakistan slogans.
Angry protesters burnt Pakistani flags and demanded handing over Kashmir to the army.
“We want Kashmir to be handed over to the Army to stamp out terrorism. We condemn the attack. Those who are involved in the attack should be killed”, VHP State President Leela Karan Sharma said.
Several organisations of Kashmiri Pandits led by All Party Migrant coordination Committee (APMCC) also held demonstrations at Tawi bridge and blocked the highway in protest against the killings of pilgrims.
“We condemn the attack. We demand the government should probe the security lapses”, APMCC Chairman Vinood Pandita said.
The National Conference led by provincial President Devender Singh Rana took out a protest rally on residency road and castigated the government for the alleged security failure.
They raised anti-government slogans and demanding imposition of Governor’s rule in the state.
PTI | Ahmedabad | July 11, 2017:: Gujarat on Tuesday erupted in anger over the death of seven Amarnath pilgrims, majority of whom hailed from the state, in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, with people taking to streets to condemn ‘Pakistan-sponsored terror’ and demanding reprisal. People in several cities and towns burned effigies of ‘terror’ demanding that the Narendra Modi-led Central government “avenge” the killings and punish Pakistan for propagating terror. Protests were held in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat, Valsad, Mandvi (in Kutch), Modasa, Surendranagar and Jamnagar, besides other towns. Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, were killed and 19 injured when terrorists attacked a bus in Kashmir’s Anantnag district last evening. While five of the deceased hailed from Gujarat, two were from neighbouring Maharashtra. Effigies of ‘terror’ were set on fire in Gandhidham and Mandvi towns in Kutch district and Surat.
In Valsad, from where the ill-fated bus was headed to Amarnath carrying over 50 pilgrims, a black-coloured ‘effigy of terror’ was hanged by protesters at Azad Chaowk.
Various organisations and trade bodies have given a call for Valsad bandh on Wednesday.
In Ahmedabad, the local unit of Shiv Sena set afire Pakistan’s flag near RTO Circle and demanded stern action against terrorists.
In an act of solidarity, a large number of Muslims from Jamalpur and Lal Darwaja areas of the city turned up to pay homage to the deceased and called for decisive action against Pakistan and terrorists in the Valley.
In Valsad, garment shop owners resorted to a unique protest wherein they dressed mannequins put outside their shops with black clothes. They also hanged placards on these mannequins, asking the government to do something concrete to eliminate the menace of terror.
PTI | Phagwara | July 11, 2017:: The Lahore-Delhi Sada-e-Sarhad bus was diverted on Monday due to a demonstration by Hindutva outfits, including the Shiv Sena, against the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir, the police said. However, the other Sada-e-Sarhad bus, coming from Delhi and headed to Lahore, followed its normal route, they added.
The protesters assembled at the Hanuman Garhi temple complex, before marching towards the PWD rest house here while shouting anti-Pakistan slogans, a police officer said, adding that they burnt a Pakistani flag near the rest house opposite National Highway 1.
The protesters also threatened that they would not allow any bus with Pakistani nationals to pass through Phagwara. Security arrangements were beefed up, which allowed the Lahore-bound bus to pass through Phagwara peacefully. But, the Delhi bound Sada-e-Sarhad bus was diverted through the Kartarpur-Kapurthala-Nakodar-Phillaur route.
Seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 19 injured when their bus came under terrorists’ gunfire in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district last night. Sada-e-Sarhad is a passenger bus service connecting Delhi to the Pakistani city of Lahore via the Wagah border. Started in 1999, it is a six-day-a-week service.
ANI | New Delhi | July 11, 2017:: Condemning the recent barbaric terror attack in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said that it was time that the civilian government in the state got dismissed. ‘This is the tipping point.
The civilian government should be dismissed or should be asked to resign, and we should impose the Central rule through the Governor in Jammu and Kashmir,’ Swamy told ANI. Swamy said the whole state should be brought under the Armed Forces Special Power Act, adding that Article 370 should be removed by Presidential notifications. ‘We should now be prepared for military operation, because all other solutions are useless as they are being proved,’ he said.
Meanwhile, mortal remains of Amarnath Yatra pilgrims who lost their lives were brought to Surat, Gujarat. Seven people lost their lives and 15 others were injured yesterday when a group of terrorists attacked a bus in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag.
The incident occurred at around 8.20 p.m. yesterday between Baltal and Mir Bazar. Reportedly, the bus was neither a part of a convoy nor registered with the shrine board. The 90th and 40th battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed at the spot to prevent further untoward incidents. People all across the country are condemning the incident, with some even staging protests against Pakistan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee have also strongly condemned the incident. J-K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti summoned an emergency meeting of her cabinet to review the security situation across the state. Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Range) Muneer Khan has said that the attack on Amaranth Yatra pilgrims was carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condemned the attack in the strongest terms. The Delhi Police has also issued a high security across the national capital on Tuesday.