The Jammu and Kashmir police on Friday detained eight Sikh protesters in Srinagar who were protesting against the killing of a Sikh youth in police firing in Jammu on Thursday.
Various Sikh organizations held protest demonstrations across the valley. At business nerve centre Lal Chowk a group of protesters tried to take out a rally from Guruduwara Amira Kadal.
They raised slogans against BJP and set on fire the effigy of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and demanded action against the officials involved in the killing of Sikh youth in Jammu.
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Later, police swung into action and detained several protesters. The protesters, however, were released later by the police.
“We are protesting against the target killing of the youth,” said Sukhbir Singh, President Gurmat Taksal Jammu and Kashmir. “We have been paying tributes to Bhindranwale from the last 20 years, why is it that when BJP came to power it became an issue.”
Protests were also held in Baramulla and in parts of South Kashmir. In South Kashmir’s Awantipora, a group of Sikh protesters donned Bhindranwale t-shirts to register their protests.
“The killing of our brother in Jammu is a cold blooded murder,” said Harjeet Singh, President of the Sikh Student federation (Mehta). “We will continue our protest till justice is delivered in the case.”