Jammu| Jan, 4: The bandh against the two back to back militant attacks in Rajouri that killed six people and injured 11 others on Wednesday entered the second day in the border town of Poonch amid protests across the Jammu region. Security was beefed up in the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri in view of the bandh, officials said.
Reports said that shops and business establishments remained closed in the district as hundreds of people, braving cold weather, came out to hold protests. The protestors burnt tyres and demanded enhancement of security in and around minority places in districts of the Jammu region. In Kathua, protestors assembled on the highway at Kalibari and blocked it, thereby disrupting the movement of the traffic for an hour.
Kashmiri Pandit employees who have been demanding relocation away from the Valley following the selective killings, took out a candle march in Jammu to protests against the twin attacks in Rajouri. “We took out a candle march to protest against the killings. Hindus are not safe in Jammu and Kashmir. Government should ensure the safety of the people.” a protestor said.
Yuva Rajput Sabha held a candle march here to express heartfelt sympathies to the families whose kin were killed in the Rajouri militant attacks.
Democratic Azad party, Jammu University students, Trikutanagar Business Association, VHP and Bajrang Dal also held protests in Jammu. Protests were also held in several places in Udhampur, Akhnoor, Katra, Reasi, Samba, Kishtwar and Doda districts. Lawyers in Jammu and Rajouri also observed a shutdown to protest against the killings.