At least dozen injured as violence breaks out during protest over Pulwama attack

Jammu:15,Feb:The bandh was called by Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and it was touted by various political, social and religious organisations to protest the killing of 49 CRPF men in Pulwama.

Nearly a dozen people were injured and over half a dozen vehicles torched in Gujjar Nagar area of Jammu City as violence broke out during Jammu bandh on Friday morning.

The bandh was called by Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and it was touted by various political, social and religious organisations to protest the killing of at least 49 CRPF men in a militant attack in Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

The trouble erupted when a group of people belonging to various organisations including Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena, and VHP took out a procession carrying tricolour through Gujjar Nagar, which is predominantly inhabited by Muslims.

The protestors alleged that they were first attacked by some people in the area. The locals, however, denied it saying that the protesters turned violent without any provocation and started torching vehicles parked outside Jogi gate cremation ground.

As clashes broke out in the area with both sides pelting stones on each other, senior police officers including IGP MK Sinha reached the spot. Police resorted to lathi-charge and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse unruly mobs on both sides.

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