The ghost of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, the face of the 1984 operation Bluestar, has returned again, this time on the streets of Jammu. The trouble started when hundreds of Sikh youth, armed with sticks and ‘kirpans’, converged on Ranibagh – Gandhigarh belt on Satwari – R S Pura road and blocked traffic in protest, against the removal of Bhindranwale’s posters, put up by an organisation of the community, ahead of his death anniversary on, June 6th . Reports said, some of them also raised pro-Khalistan slogans.
In a rather angry mood, they raised slogans against the police and the government. Some of them also tried to block the Jammu-Pathankote highway at Satwari and raised pro-Khalistan slogans. The army is carrying a flag march in the affected areas. Schools and colleges will closed in Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Rajouri, Poonch. There was no official word on reports about the imposition of a curfew in violence-hit areas of Satwari, Ranibangh, Chatta, and Gadigarh Miransahib. Some youth were taken into custody.
A heavy contingent of police rushed to the spot and asked them to remove the blockade from the road and allow traffic to move, but, Sikh youth pelted stones at the police, triggering clashes. The situation was tense and some people are trying to disturb the situation in Jammu, the police said.
“Army carries out flag march on the violence-hit belt on road from R S Pura to Satwari due to the prevailing situation tonight”, PRO Defence Lt Col Manish Mehta told. He said the district administration had requisitioned the Army to install confidence in the people.
This is for the first time that posters of the slain Sikh militant leader had come up in Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir. A police officer was injured after being stabbed allegedly by some Sikh youth protesting against removal of these posters.
Sub Inspector Arun Kumar, was critically wounded after he was attacked by some Sikh youth, with a sharp edged weapon, police said, adding he has received several stitches and is admitted in GMC hospital with two other policemen. Some members of the Sikh community, representing a particular organisation, had put up posters of Bhindranwale and some other militant leaders yesterday on the Satwari-R S Pura road, ahead of a programme, to pay tribute to him.