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Massive protests rocked Jammu division today against the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims with protestors blocking highways at several places in Jammu, Udhampur, Kathua and Samba districts.
The protests were held by various parties including the Congress, JKNPP, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G A Mir strongly condemned the attack and described it as shocking and highly shameful.
Over 200 activists of the JKPCC thronged Rehari belt of Jammu city and held protests against the killing of pilgrims.They raised anti-government and anti-BJP slogans and demanded that the government should be sacked.
Led by Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) Chairman Harsh Dev Singh, over 200 activists thronged Dogra chowk in the city and held demonstrations and sit-ins.
"This is the biggest failure of the BJP-PDP government in J&K and the BJP government at the Centre on the security front. They should own responsibility not only for the terror attack but also for pushing Kashmir into the worst state of terror during Modi rule", Singh told reporters.
Over 250 activists of the Congress led by former Minister Raman Bhalla also took out a rally and held demonstrations in the city.
In Udhampur, JKNPP held protests and burnt tyres on the highway amid anti-government slogans.
Angry protesters burnt Pakistani flags and demanded handing over Kashmir to the Army.
"We want Kashmir to be handed over to the Army to stamp out terrorism. We condemn the attack. Those who are involved in the attack should be killed", VHP State President Leela Karan Sharma said.
Several organisations of Kashmiri Pandits led by All Party Migrant coordination Committee (APMCC) also held demonstrations at Tawi bridge and blocked the highway in protest against the killings of pilgrims.
"We condemn the attack. We demand the government should probe the security lapses", APMCC Chairman Vinood Pandita said.
They raised anti-government slogans and demanding imposition of Governor's rule in the state.
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