Nowshera bandh enters 20th day; protest, bandh in Sunderbani, Kalakote

Excelsior Correspondent

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.