JAMMU, Feb 16: Police foiled an attempt of agitating Youth Congress activists, who were marching towards old city in the form of a protest rally against alleged failures of the PDP-BJP coalition Government in the State.
The Youth Congress workers, led by their State president Pranav Shagotra, assembled near the Press Club Jammu and started marching towards old City. As the slogan shouting workers marched towards Dogra Chowk, they were stopped by the policemen deployed there. In the melee, a few Youth Congress activists sustained minor injuries. Later the agitating Youth Congress activists courted arrest as mark of protest against undemocratic behaviour of the coalition Government.
Earlier, while addressing the protest demonstration, Shagotra said that after demonetization BJP leaders including Union Government had claimed that this step would break backbone of terrorism but the recent incidents negated all claims of the BJP Government. “Common people are suffering due to demonetization but terrorists and other anti-national elements have no impact of it”, Shagotra said and observed that after demonetization militancy incidents have increased manifold.
PYC president said that soft-separatism policies being propagated by the PDP-BJP Government in J&K have encouraged youth to pick up guns because this Government has announced a number of incentives for those who were involved in attacking security forces by stones.
PYC further took BJP leadership to task for allowing its coalition partner PDP to brazenly bulldoze Panchayat Raj Institutions in J&K. “PDP is all out to bulldoze Panchayati Raj Institutions in J&K and the so-called nationalist BJP is giving all support to its coalition partner to dismantle democratic institutions in the State”, he said and observed that decision of the State Government to conduct indirect elections of Sarpanches was nothing but an attempt to snatch democratic rights of the people. “While in opposition BJP used to raise demand of extending 73rd and 74th amendment of the Indian Constitution in J&K after getting power the party has shamelessly surrendered before the PDP to bulldoze democratic institutions”, PYC president said.
The protest demonstration was joined by Rajvir Singh, Pankaj Basotra, Balbir Singh, Rajan Sharma, Chetan Wanchoo, Sandeep Singh, Th Hoshiar Singh, Vinay Sharma, Pankaj Sharma, Zaheer Abbas, Aijaz Choudhary, Sumit Sharma and others.