Jammu on boil post Sikh killing

Indefinite curfew continues amid widespread protests

Jammu on boil post Sikh killing

A day after a youth was killed during clashes between the police and Sikh protestors, indefinite curfew continued in several parts of Jammu on Friday.

Jagjit Singh, 35, was killed when the police opened fire at people who were protesting against the removal of a poster of Sikh militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale in Satwari area of Jammu city on Thursday. Around 12 people, including SSP Jammu Uttam Chand, were injured in the clashes following which authorities imposed indefinite curfew in parts of Jammu city.

On Wednesday evening, some Sikh youths had reportedly stabbed a police sub-inspector in Gaddigarh area near Jammu airport after the police removed the hoarding of Bhindranwale.

To control rumors on social networking sites, authorities also ordered the suspension of Internet services in Jammu on Friday on the directions of Jammu District Magistrate Simranjeet Singh.

Reports said protesters came out in several areas of Jammu city defying prohibitory orders banning the assembly of five or more people. A senior official said that to defuse the prevailing tension, the police on Friday registered an FIR against the constable who opened fire on Thursday at agitating Sikhs. “The family members of the deceased agreed for the post-mortem after an FIR was registered against the constable Mukesh Saini,” he said.

Meanwhile, scores of Sikhs on Friday staged a protest demonstration at Press Enclave in Srinagar against the killing.

“They (police officials) committed murder and officials involved must be booked for this heinous offence without any further delay,” the protesters demanded.

Reports said scores of Sikhs blocked the Srinagar-Jammu highway for around half an hour in Anantnag district.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and other leaders have appealed to people to maintain calm.

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