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Killing of Sikh youth in Jammu sparks protests in Kashmir

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 Kashmir News Trust #KNT

Scores of people from Sikh Community were arrested near Amirakadal Gurudwara in Srinagar city on Friday after they staged a protest amid pro-Khalistan slogans against the killing of a Sikh youth in police firing in Jammu on Thursday evening.

Jagjit Singh son of Narveer Singh of RS Pura, was killed when police opened fire at people who were protesting against the removal of a poster of Sikh militant leader late Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale at Satwari Jammu on Thursday.

The killing sparked violent protests forcing authorities to impose a curfew in sensitive parts of Jammu. Authorities even, suspended mobile internet services to maintain peace and order.

In Srinagar city, people from Sikh community staged protests at Amira Kadal and Press Enclave and demanded a judicial probe into the incident. Eyewitnesses said that scores of people from Sikh Community assembled outside Amirakadal Gurudwara and burnt down the effigy of Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Amid pro-Khalistan, anti-India, and anti-Jammu Kashmir Police slogans protesters alleged that government of India is targeting minorities and has given a free hand to the police to kill innocent people. “The killing of innocent youth in Jammu has once again proven that police have been given a license to shoot and kill. The slain youth was hit in the head which indicates that it was a targeted killing,” chairman All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee, Jagmohan Singh Raina told the news agency Kashmir News Trust.

Scores of Sikhs appeared in Press Enclave Srinagar as well. Carrying long saffron color banters, the protesters shouted slogans in favour of the late militant commander from Punjab Jarnail Singh Bindrawale. “We support separate land for Sikhs in the form of Khalistan. Bindrawale laid his precious life for this cause and the movement that he started will never die,” said a Sikh protester.

Police arrested scores of Sikh protesters and lodged them in different police stations. Sikhs also staged demonstrations in South Kashmir’s Awantipora and Tral town of Pulwama district. Police swung into action and detained scores of Sikh protesters after they tried to block the Srinagar-Jammu highway. Similar protests were also staged by the Sikh community in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.(KNT)

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