The situation escalated in Jammu this morning after police resorted to firing to hold back Sikh protesters. As a result, 1 Sikh youngster was wounded and has been feared dead in the hospital.
Three police officers were injured on Thursday after Sikhs protested the removal of Sant Jarnail Singh Khalsa Bhindranwale’s posters. The Sikh community gathered at Satwari Police Station demanding apology from the officer for the act and for ‘hurting Sikh sentiments.’
After yesterday’s incident, Sikhs were assured SHO Kulvir Chaudary was to be suspended. A Shaheedi Samagam is held annually on June 6 but SSP Uttam Chand asked the Sikhs to show permission to hold the program.
The Sikhs said they’ve been holding the annual event for 2 decades and don’t need permission from anyone to remember their martyrs.
The Sikhs were under the understanding that after yesterday’s event the situation was settled and the program would be allowed. However, reports were received of youth being rounded up at Rani Bagh which further sparked unrest.
The police used tear gas and lathicharged to hold back the protesters and then resorted to firing early morning on June 4.
Bhai Jagjeet Singh s/o Sardar Narvair Singh was confirmed dead in Jammu.