RAJOURI, Feb 19: The township of Nowshera continued complete bandh and protest demonstration on the fourth consecutive day today against the denial of the post of Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) to this Sub-Division.
The shops and other business establishments in the main bazaar and adjoining markets remained closed in the town while the agitating people including youth/ students also joined the protest march in the main bazaar. The Joint Action Committee including members from Beopar Mandal, Bar Association, Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Nowshera besides several local political and social organisations have joined hands to launch united struggle.
The people of this Sub Division are protesting against the Govt decision to sanction ADC’s post to Kotranka (Kandi), ignoring the largest Sub Division – Nowshera in district Rajouri. The movement of vehicles was also stalled by the protesting people. The protest dharna in the Tehsil and SDM office complex also affected the functioning in these offices.
A large number of people of the area are sitting in the Tehsil office complex on indefinite protest dharna. They have raised tents at the protest venue. They raised slogans against the Government and also in support of their demand. They were demanding sanctioning of ADC’s post for Nowshera.
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The speakers claimed that District Administration had assured that the issue has been taken with the higher authorities and it would be resolved shortly, most likely in next Cabinet meeting but it was just attempt to befool the public and suspend their agitation a week ago. They said the Government was just buying time. They claimed that Nowshera was old Tehsil and Sub Division in the area. It should have been upgraded as district. He claimed that before Kotranka, Nowshera deserved to be upgraded for the creation of the post of ADC.
Meanwhile, people from Sunderbani in a joint meeting involving Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Beopar Mandal, Bar Association and others on Sunday have decided to launch indefinite agitation from Feb 25, in support of their demand to provide ADC’s post at Sunderbani Sub Division.