RAJOURI, Mar 7: Indefinite bandh continued in the township of Nowshera on the 20th consecutive day today for seeking district status, third group of ten more members of Joint Action Committee sat on relay hunger strike in Nowshera town, whereas, Sunderbani and Kalakote towns of district Rajouri also continued bandh in support of their demand of Additional Deputy Commissioner’s posts.
A large number of people held protest demonstration at Nowshera and Sunderbani towns today in support of their demand. At Nowshera town people, under the banner of Joint Action Committee, comprising members from various political parties, Beopar Mandal, Bar Association, Sanatan Dharam Sabha and some other social and youth organizations took out protest rally in the main market. They were shouting slogans against BJP-PDP Government and also in support of their demand of seeking full fledged district for Nowshera.
Today ten more JAC members sat on relay hunger strike at Nowshera town at the dharna site. Several local leaders addressed the gathering at the venue and criticized the BJP leadership and State Government for its negative attitude. Several small towns of the area like Qila Darhal, Bhawani, Kalsian, Jhangar, Lamberi etc are also observing bandh in support of this demand of district.
Meanwhile, people at Sunderbani town took out a protest rally in the morning. The rally started from Radha Krishan temple and it after passing through main bazaar and main chowk, culminated at SDM’s office. The town observed complete bandh and the offices were also forcibly closed by the people. The people shouted slogans against BJP-PDP Govt. The JAC has decided to extend their agitation up to March 10. Several local leaders also addressed the gathering.
Sunderbani JAC convener, Ashwani Sharma said that Sunderbani bandh has been extended up to March 10. After it the highway will be blocked on daily basis. For any type of violence State Government will be responsible.
Meanwhile, Kalakote town also observed bandh today seeking ADC’s post. Entire market remained closed in the town while vehicles plied on the roads normally. The Kalakote JAC has also warned to intensify the agitation after March 10. They have launched protest dharna in the main market.