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Martyr's Day: Jammu lawyers stage protest, Kashmiri Pandit migrants observe 'black day'

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

The (JHBA) today staged a demonstration demanding the abolishment of the holiday, while migrants observed a 'black day'.

is observed in on July 13 every year to remember the people who were killed in firing by soldiers of Dogra ruler Maharaja on this day in 1931 during protests against his autocratic rule.

The JHBA lawyers organised a a free legal consultancy camp at the high court complex here in defiance of the state holiday.

The lawyers held black banners reading No Martyr's Day," "Not our holiday" and "It is our working day.

Alleging that the incident of July 13, 1931, had not been portrayed right, Jammu Bar B S Slathia appealed to Governor N N Vohra to declare July 13 a working day.

As part of a conspiracy against the then Maharaja, who had favoured independence of India, some communal elements made an attempt on this day in 1931 to scare away the Kashmiri Pandits at the behest of the British rulers, Slathia alleged.

Panun Kashmir, an organisation representing migrants, said the community observed the holiday as black day as it was a reminder of large scale arson, loot and sectarian carnage against minority Hindus.

The seeds of genocide and ethnic cleansing of the community from the Valley were sown on this day, a of Panun said.

The organisation also urged the government to abolish the public holiday.

In a ceremony organised at the party headquarters here to commemorate the Martyrs' Day, the National Conference (NC) pledged to work for strengthening the democracy and promoting the spirit of unity and communal amity in

Addressing the party workers, said the best way to pay a tribute to the martyrs' was by strengthening the democracy and secularism in the state.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 18:15 IST