Sikh youth protest in Srinagar against police firing in Jammu. June 05, 2015.
Sikh community leaders met with government officials of Jammu to reach an agreement.
The community had been protesting following violence on Thursday over Sikh leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s posters in which a youth was killed.
The protestors were demanding for arrest and punishment of those responsible for Thursday’s firing incident.
Senior leaders of the Sikh community held talks with state home secretary R.K. Goyal, director general of police (DGP) K. Rajendra Kumar, Jammu divisional commissioner Pawan Kotwal and other senior civil and police officials.
Sikh leader Tarlochan Singh Wazir told reporters after the meeting that the four-hour-long talks with the administration were successful since all the demands of the community were met.
Immediately after the talks, the government ordered transfer of senior superintendent of police (SSP) Jammu Uttam Chand, suspension of station house officer (SHO) Satwari Kulbir Singh and payment of ex gratia of Rupees five lakh and a government job to the next kin of the slain Sikh youth Jagjit Singh.
Sikh leaders said the cremation of the youth’s body will be held on Saturday at his ancestral Chohala (R.S.Pura) village.
Educational institutions in Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Rajauri and Poonch districts will be shut for the second consecutive day on Saturday.
Police have also registered an FIR of murder under section 302 against a security guard of the SSP Jammu in Satwari police station for firing at the mob that led to the death of youth.
Police here confirmed that elders of the Sikh community had on Friday returned the AK-47 rifle which was snatched from a special police officer (SPO) by the protestors in Digiana area of the city on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Internet connectivity has been restored through landline broadband facilities in Jammu city.
Authorities said the same would be restored on mobile phones as well on Saturday.
The internet connections were snapped in order to prevent spreading of rumours after heightened tensions.
Srinagar: Sikh groups staged protests across the Valley on June 05 against the killing of a youth in the Jammu region on Thursday (June 04).
Sources told Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) that Sikh sangat, primarily youth, gathered outside the Gurdwara Singh Sabha at Lal Chowk in Srinagar to protest against police firing on unarmed Sikh protesters in Jammu. The protesters raised slogans against the Jammu police and demanded strict action against those involved in the killing of Bhai Jagjeet Singh.
“We condemn the atrocities on minorities and strict action should be taken against the police personnel responsible for the killing,” said All India Sikh Students Federation, J&K Chapter, general secretary Bikram Singh Pappa.
Members of the Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Srinagar and other Sikh groups also took part in the protest.
A groups of Sikhs also staged a protest at the Press Enclave. Around eight members of the Sikh Students Federation were taken into custody by the police from Lal Chowk.
Sources said that the protests were also held in Baramulla.
APSCC demand Judicial Probe:
The All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) demanded a judicial probe into the incident and immediate suspension of the police officials concerned. APSCC chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said the members of the community were busy in an annual religious function in Jammu which was objected to by the police. He said that the police officials worked under the influence and directions of some hardcore elements which were part of the government.
National Conference slams PDP-BJP govt:
Meanwhile, opposition National Conference has slammed the PDP-BJP combine’s coalition government over the killing of Sikh youth and “insensitive handling” of the situation in Jammu. The NC demanded a thorough and time-bound probe into this death and also into the circumstances leading to the clashes.
“Protests happen everywhere in the world and to protest is the right of every person, but Jammu & Kashmir is the only unfortunate region of the world where the protests are silenced with bullets and atrocities,” Geelani said.