A policeman was injured after some members of the Sikh community held a demonstration to protest the removal of a hoarding featuring militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale at Gaddigarh near Jammu on Wednesday. Traffic on the busy road between Jammu airport and R S Pura town was disrupted by the protests.
Bhindranwale, considered to be one of the most prominent faces of militancy during the insurgency in Punjab, was killed during the Army’s Operation Blue Star in June 1984.
Sub-Inspector Arun Sharma, in-charge of Gaddigarh police post, was injured by a sharp weapon during the protests and has been hospitalised.
The hoarding was put up to inform people about a Gurmat Samagam (religious congregation) to be held on June 6 near the Jammu airport. It was removed by the police as it carried a photograph of Bhindranwale.
Angry over the police action, Sikh youths started holding a demonstration to demand the suspension of Kulvir Singh, the Station House Officer of the local police station. They claimed that nothing objectionable was written on the hoarding.
As the crowd swelled, senior civil and police officers tried to persuade the demonstrators to lift the blockade. The protesters finally agreed to lift the blockade after talking to Uttam Chand, SSP of Jammu, and Mahant Manjit Singh.