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Jammu witnesses protests over Geelani rally

Protests broke out in several areas in Jammu on Thursday against raising of Pakistani flags and pro-Pakistan slogans at the rally held by separatist leaders in Srinagar on Wednesday.

Demanding the arrest of separatists, particularly Masarat Alam Bhat, protesters burnt effigies of separatist leaders and raised slogans against them, the state government and the Centre.

Over 100 archivists under the banner of Kranti Dal raised slogans against Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and Pakistan and staged demonstrations at Indira Chowk.

Lashing out at the BJP-PDP government at the state and the Centre for “encouraging separatists” by releasing Bhat, General Secretary of Kranti Dal Pritem Sharma alleged that Sayeed was carrying forward the agenda of separatists in the state and BJP was supporting them.

Another group of over 150 activists of Jammu West Organisation burnt effigies of Pakistan, Sayeed and separatists. “Separatists should be arrested and the government led by Sayeed should be sacked,” the organistation’s president Sunil Dimple said.

A group of Kashmiri Pandits also held demonstrations in Muthi on the outskirts of Jammu city and charged the CM with shielding separatist elements. Hundreds of Hindu Shiv Sena workers also staged protests against Hurriyat leaders and demanded stern action against Bhat and others.

The protesters blocked transport in many areas of Jammu and burn effigy of Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

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