Jammu: Massive anti-Pakistan protests rocked Jammu and Kashmir’s winter capital on Thursday, in the wake of the Pulwama attack in which at least 44 CRPF personnel were killed.
Demonstrations and candle light marches were held at dozens of places. Braving the rains, people took to the streets in Jewel Chowk, Purani Mandi, Rehari, Janipur, Gandhinagar, Bakshi Nagar, Muthi, Talab Tilloo and Satwari and protested against the killings.
Raising anti-Pakistan, anti-militant slogans, the protestors demanded action against Pakistan for “sponsoring militancy in the Valley.”
J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu, in an emergent decision suspended work in all the courts in Jammu, including the high Court and the tribunals, in protest of “the dastardly acts of frustrated militants” in Pulwama, Kashmir, a Bar spokesman said.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (Jammu and Kashmir) strongly condemned the attack.
Senior office bearers of VHP, including Leela Karan Sharma, held an emergency meeting here and paid tribute to the killed jawans. In solidarity with security forces, they announced a bandh in Jammu on Friday, a VHP spokesman said.
The VHP has appealed to the central and state governments to allow the security forces to retaliate with a free hand.
The Bajrang Dal said it will hold protest demonstrations all across the state on Friday.
Former Minister and President of Dogra Sadar Sabha, Gulchain Singh Charak, expressed shock and grief over the gruesome killings and asked the central government to take strong action against the terrorists.
Kashmiri Pandit organisations, including Panun Kashmir, All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC), All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS) and All Parties Migrant Coordination Committee (APMCC) condemned the cowardly attack.