Sikh youth dies in police firing in Jammu

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Jammu: A Sikh youth was killed in police firing at Ranibagh area of Jammu on ThursdayClashes between the community and police is raging since Wednesday after posters depicting slain Sikh separatist leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale were reportedly removed during a religious event. A curfew has been clamped at the Ranibag area.

Two policemen were injured during the protest against removal of the posters from Rani Bagh area near Jammu, police said. Senior officials said the Sikh community had organised a religious ceremony in remembrance of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The community has been organising the three-day event since 1985.

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However, tension gripped the Satwari area of Jammu after police on Wednesday morning removed the posters depicting Bhindranwale, who was associated with the separatist Khalistan movement. Facing opposition from the local people, the event’s organisers claimed that over the years such posters were never objected to.

After the police removed the posters, scores of people marched towards the Jammu-RS Pura road. They blocked the road, demanding action against the policemen who removed the posters. The protesters also clashed with the police.

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