Protests in Jammu areas, curfew lifted from Ramban
Highway Re-Opens, Yatra Resumes
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Ramban, July 20: Sporadic protests and shutdown continued for the third consecutive day Saturday at some places in Jammu region against the killing of four innocent civilians by the Border Security Force in Gool area of Ramban on Thursday.
Reports said though the situation remained peaceful on Saturday, major townships of Ramban, Banihal, Gool, Batote, Ramsu, Margarkote in Ramban district and Thanamandi tehsil of Rajouri district witnessed complete shutdown and protest demonstrations.
Large number of people assembled at Jamia Masjid Banihal after the afternoon prayers and staged massive protests on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.
Raising anti-government and pro-freedom slogans, the protesters demanded immediate arrest of the BSF men who allegedly desecrated the holy Qur’an in Gool and killed four civilians.
Protest demonstrations were also held at Gool Sangaldan area of the district.
Deputy Commissioner Ramban Muhammad Hussain Malik convened a meeting of prominent citizens, leaders of political parties in his office chamber on Saturday. It was learnt that the DC sought co-operation and help from the local residents in normalizing the situation.
Imran Khan adds from Thanamandi:
A massive protest demonstration was held in this border township of Rajouri district as hundreds of people took to streets against the BSF firing in Gool.
The protestors demanded that a case be registered against civil and administrative officials of the area who “failed to prevent the carnage despite being present on the spot.”
Curfew was lifted in Ramban district.
The authorities are monitoring the situation round-the- clock and additional forces have been deployed in sensitive areas of the Jammu region, a police spokesman said.
“The situation is under control. It is peaceful and normal. There have been no major incidents from anywhere today”, a police spokesman said here.
Curfew has been lifted in Ramban district as the two-day curfew period expired last night and no fresh curfew orders were passed, officials said.
HIGHWAY REOPENS, YATRA RESUMES
Meanwhile the Jammu-Srinagar highway was Saturday reopened for traffic after two-day closure over tension in Ramban district where four civilians were killed and 42 injured in firing by paramilitary BSF.
“The highway has been reopened to vehicular traffic, which is now plying smoothly,” SSP (Highway) Virender Kumar said.
The SSP added that some disruption in traffic movement was reported in Banihal belt due to protests by locals.
However, the traffic was allowed on the highway only after 1 p.m. as police control room gave green signal to the traffic department.
Most of the vehicles stranded on the highway were allowed to proceed for their destination.
“The traffic came to standstill when large number of people staged protest demonstration in Banihal area,” reports reaching here said, adding that no fresh vehicle was allowed from Nagrota in Jammu and Qazigund in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Amarnath Yatra resumed this evening after a two-day halt. Following heavy rush of stranded pilgrims in Jammu, the state government late Saturday evening dispatched fresh batch of 1800 pilgrims in 54 vehicles from yatri base camp amid tight security arrangements to Kashmir, officials said.
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