Following the dastardly Pulwama attack in South Kashmir, which killed over 42 jawans, widespread protests were held in several parts of the country on February 15. The epicenter of the people’s outburst was Jammu where violence was reported from several places. During protests, angry mob torched several vehicles amid stone-pelting. The protesters raised slogans against terrorists and burnt tyres on several roads. They also defied curfew to take out rallies after which police resorted to lathi charge at Residency Road, Kachi Chawani and Dogra hall areas in Jammu.
Demonstrations were held in Purani Mundi, Rehari, Shaktinagar, Pacca Danga, Janipur, Gandhinagar, Bakshinagar, Muthi, Talal Tilloo and Satwari in Jammu. To keep stone-pelters and protests in check, the army has also deployed nine columns with air support.
Take a look at these images from Jammu:
Spontaneous protests were also reported from Mumbai, Amritsar, Patna, Varanasi, Ranchi, Hyderabad and several other cities. In Mumbai, rail traffic between Virar, Vasai and Nalasopara was hit as commuters staged a rail roko protest. Media reports also suggest stone pelting at trains in Nalasopara. Most of the shops and commercial establishments in Virar also downed their shutters.
Take a look at these pictures from Mumbai:
A report in a media house quoted Amish Wadkar a textile businessman from Boisar, as saying:
“The 7.45 am Dahanu Churchgate local was stopped near Nalla Sopara and locals on the tracks forced us to get down from the train and so we closed all doors and windows. The miscreants pelted stones at the train and also banged the doors and windows with lathis, and after a while, some of them managed to enter the coaches so we got down from the local and walked back.”
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Clearly, resorting to violence should not happen in the name of protests. Last year, the courts observed that those who destroy public property and disturb the law and order situation during violent agitations should bear serious implications with jail terms and exemplary fines.
Meanwhile, in his message, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has mentioned that those behind this act of terrorism would pay a ‘very heavy price’ and had made a ‘big mistake’. He also said: “There’s a lot of anger in the nation, the blood is boiling. I understand it….Our forces have been given full freedom.” India has slammed Pakistan for Pulwama attack and blamed it for supporting Jaish-e-Mohammed and its founder Masood Azhar.