Jammu on warpath over Kathua rape and murder, Rohingya settlement

The Jammu High Court Bar Association and many other social, political and trade bodies have called for a strike in Jammu on coming Wednesday to protest what it calls as injustice against the people of the Jammu region.
Jammu on warpath over Kathua rape and murder, Rohingya settlement
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The Jammu High Court Bar Association and many other social, political and trade bodies have called for a strike in Jammu on coming Wednesday to protest what it calls as injustice against the people of the Jammu region.

In a meeting of members of at least two dozen groups that went on for nearly four hours in the city it was resolved that on April 11, businesses, schools and offices would shut down for a day to press the government to withdraw "many controversial decisions" it had taken in the recent past.

The civil society members made three key demands: the investigation into the Rassana rape and murder must be given over to CBI, minutes of the meeting of the state Tribal Affairs Department should be withdrawn, the Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees must be deported from Jammu.

"The various organizations of civil society unanimously proposed to hold a complete Jammu Bandh and Chakka Jam on 11th of April, 2018 to awake the Government from deep slumber," said PremSadotra, General Secretary of the Jammu High Court Bar Association. The house also rejected the appeal made by the BJP to call off the strike.

The call for a strike received a shot in the arm when the Jammu unit of Congress lent its support to the shutdown.

"The issues discussed in the meeting are very sensitive in nature and should be addressed with utter care", Ravinder Sharma, the chief spokesperson of Congress in the state told the Greater Kashmir. Sharma attended the meeting with other senior party leaders. "The chaos was created by saffron party to communalize the atmosphere of Jammu. Land encroachment is illegal offence, government should not encourage this by issuing direction to administrations. Similarly, If  Rohingyas are a threat to national security, as claimed by some ministers of of Government of India, they should be deported back but union government is playing politics on this issue and trying to stoke communal passion," he said.

 On the Rassana rape and murder case, the Congress spokesperson said, "Probe should be impartial". 

Harshdev Singh, chairman of JKNPP, said: "BJP for last many decades tried to project themselves as torch bearers of Jammu cause. However, when the people of the Jammu Province have reposed unprecedented confidence in them and they are at the helm of the affairs, for the sake of remaining in power they remain mute spectators to the injustice and discrimination being done by the coalition government with Jammu people," he said, adding, "Jammu will not tolerate their politics anymore".

President of the Jammu High Court Bar Association B.S. Salathia said: "The decision of civil society meeting shall be placed before the General House on Monday, 9th of April, for approval, and shall take the agitation to logical conclusion," President Bar Association, B S Salathia told Greater Kashmir.

He further said that the work in all the courts, tribunals, revenue courts, commissions including High Court, J&K Jammu, shall remain suspended on Monday. The representatives of various organizations felt that the circumstances being created by the certain vested interests and supported by Kashmir-centric politicians under a camouflage is a threat to the social fabric, brotherhood and harmony in the society.

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