JAMMU, Nov 25: Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha Chief and some members were detained by the police today as they tried to stage a protest outside the residence of National Conference leader Dr Farooq Abdullah over allegation that the house has been built over encroached Government land.
As per police sources, Arun Dev Singh Jamwal, President BJYM and other activists were detained during their bid to stage the protest even as some National Conference members launched a counter-agitation.
Led by Jamwal, BJYM members also raised slogans against Abdullah near his residence in Bhatindi.
Police personnel, who were deployed in strength, chased them away and detained Jamwal other BJYM activists.
Meanwhile, several NC members and locals gathered there and staged a counter-protest, alleging the BJP was deliberately trying to “vitiate the peaceful atmosphere” ahead of the ensuing District Development Council (DDC) elections.
Police had a tough time to maintain law and order but it managed to keep the rival groups away from each other.
Later, the NC activists tried to take out a protest march against the BJP but police persuaded them too to disperse.
Later, a special meeting was conveyed by DIG Jammu, SSP Jammu and other field officers with residents of Bhatindi area, a police spokesman said.
“Detailed interactions with the inhabitants of area of Bathindi were held. The grievances of all the prominent citizens of the area were listened and all the issues were addressed on spot”, he said, adding that the situation was normal in the area when last reports came in.
People are requested not to believe in rumours and manipulations of vested interests, the spokesman asserted.