Sikh Youth Shot In Clashes With J-K Police Over Radical's Poster

4 June 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Amir Karim Tantray

Jammu: One person was killed and half a dozen others, including two policemen, injured today in clashes between security forces and a group of Sikh youths who blocked roads in Karan Bagh in Gadigarh, near the airport, 6 km from Jammu, over the removal of a hoarding carrying the picture of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. The deceased has been identified as Jagjit Singh, a resident of Chawala village of R S Pura area. 'A youth was killed when he was hit by a bullet fired by the police', an eyewitness said. Expressing sorrow and anguish over the loss of a human life, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said that while it was the responsibility of the police to maintain law and order, standard operating procedure (SOP) should be strictly adhered to avoid such tragedies. Police confirmed that one person has died and six others, including two policemen, were injured in the clashes. Tension gripped the entire Jammu city after the news of the police firing spread. The injured have been identified as Inderjeet Singh, son of Bhupinder Singh of Dhashmesh Nagar, Harmeet Singh, son of Surinder Singh of Chatha, Rakesh Kumar, a police constable and SPO Manjeet Singh. Section 144 has been imposed under the jurisdiction of Satwari police station. The Army carried out a flag march on the RS Pura-Satwari road after the district administration requisitioned it to instil confidence in the people. Police force has been deployed in Sikh-dominated Nanak Nagar, Digiana, Kunjwani and Gole Gujral areas of Jammu city. Traffic movement on the Jammu-Pathankot national highway was disrupted at Raj Bagh area of Kathua district. Sikh youths had been protesting after police pulled down a Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale's hoarding at Rani Bagh under the jurisdiction of Satwari police station. Police and the protesters reached an agreement and the hoarding was re-installed. Meanwhile, SAD spokesperson Dr Daljit Singh Cheema has said Mufti should order a high-level inquiry and take action against the civil and police officials concerned who failed to act in time to prevent the 'unfortunate' incident.