'Khalistan Zindabad', Sikh protesters chant in Jammu. Why is this fight escalating in the violence-hit-state?

| Friday, June 5, 2015 - 16:43
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'Khalistan Zindabad' Sikhs raise slogans

JAMMU: Days after clashes with the police, Sikh protestors in Jammu have blocked the Jammu-Pathankote highway. After a police crackdown over protests on removing posters of slain Khalistani leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, one person was confirmed dead while three others were injured on Thursday. Curfew in the state continues to be clamped.

The schools and colleges in the violence-hit-state are ordered to be closed till Saturday in order to avoid any unpleasant incident. 

As the situation remains tense, the Army in several parts of the city flagged march and imposed Section 144 which bars the gatherings of over four persons at a place.

How did it start?

The trouble began after hundreds of Sikhs youth, armed with sticks and ‘kirpans’ united on Ranibagh-Gandhigarh stretch on Satwari-RS Pura road and blocked the traffic in protest against the removal of Bhindranwale’s posters put up by an organization of the community ahead of his death anniversary on June 6.

The crowd then showered stones and police in return retaliated by cane-charging and teargas shelling in Satwari area of the city, said a police official adding that some youths have also been taken into custody.

While some protestors tried to block the Jammu-Pathankote highway at Satwari on Thursday, others raised slogans against the government and police. 

According to the reports, some people were also spotted raising pro-Khalistan slogans in the area.

This has been the first time that the posters of the slain terrorist had been shown in Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

The attack by a sharp edged weapon by some Sikh youth critically injured Sub-inspector Arun Kumar. He suffered serious stitches and is admitted to GMC Hospital with two other police officials.

What is Khalistan Movement?

A political nationalism movement, Kahlistan Movement aims at creating a different country called Khalistan in the Punjab region, primarily for Sikh community.

The Khalistan Liberation Force (KLC), a part of Khalistan Movement is a militant group to create Khalistan via armed struggle. It has been involved in several assassinations since 1987 of famous people including RSS Punjab President Rulda Singh, Dera Sacha Sauda, Srisa Manager Lilly Kumar in Ludhiana, 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots main accused Dr. Budh Parkash Kashyap. The group also launched an attack on the head of Dera Sacha Sauda in 2008.

Here is how people are reacting on Twitter on the ongoing clashes in Jammu:


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