ADC POST IN NOWSHERA: Locals demand District status; Bandh continues in Nowshera, Sunderbani

Kalakote to observe shutdown, BJP leaders face public ire

SUMIT BHARGAV
Rajouri, Publish Date: Feb 24 2018 1:32AM | Updated Date: Feb 24 2018 1:32AM
ADC POST IN NOWSHERA: Locals demand District status; Bandh continues in Nowshera, SunderbaniFile Photo

Shifting their demand from Additional Deputy Commissioner post to Deputy Commissioner status for the area, people from Nowshera observed a complete bandh for the 8th consecutive day on Friday, while locals from Sunderbani also staged a protest for their demand. 

While a group of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leaders and ministers including a Member Parliament faced public ire in Nowshera and Sunderbani, the people of Kalakote announced that they will observe bandh from Staurday.

As per reports, ongoing bandh in Nowshera entered its 8th day with all business establishments remaining closed, while traffic remained off the road. "A strong protest was staged at Nowshera Sub-Divisional Headquarter and anti-government slogans were raised by the protesters,” said sources.

In Sunderbani as well, the people held a protest for the 2nd consecutive day.

Meanwhile, a group of Bhartiya Janta Party leaders and Ministers, including Jammu Poonch Member Parliament Jugal Kishore Sharma, H and ME Minister Bali Bhagat, PHE Minister Sham Lal Chowdhary, Sheep, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Minister Abdul Ghani Kohli, BJP MLA and State President Sat Pal Sharma and BJP MLA Nowshera Ravinder Raina reached Nowshera and convened a meeting with the agitating people at Dak Bungalow.

During this meeting, local senior citizens and traders put forth their demand of a district status to Nowshera and refused to call off their agitation until their demand is met. According to sources, the political delegation promised the protesters that their demand will be met by March 10. 

However, local Beopar Mandal and citizens announced that the bandh will be continued until their demand is met and announced that all establishments in Nowshera will remain closed till then.

After meeting the people of Nowshera, the delegation reached Sunderbani and held a meeting with the locals there. Although, the leaders tried to pacify the protesters in Sunderbani, but the locals got even more agitated and alleged that the visit is a mere eye wash and the government is still not serious about their demand. 

According to sources, the situation in Sunderbani got bad and the local police had to give the political delegation a safe passage. 

On the other hand, traders and locals from Kalakote also held a meeting and announced that they will observe a bandh for 2 days. They are demanding immediate sanction of district status to Nowshera-Sunderbani-Kalakote area.

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