SRINAGAR: The PDP-BJP Government in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday registered an FIR against a policeman and expressed its willingness to order a Magisterial probe into the killing of a Sikh youth in police firing and stabbing of policemen in Jammu on Thursday.
“We have conducted a post-mortem of the deceased youth. We have also registered an FIR against a policeman whose name the community wanted to be included in the FIR,” Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Pawan Kotwal, told Express over the phone. He said the registration of the FIR against the policeman was one of the main demands put forward by the agitators to allow post-mortem of the youth. The Sikhs are up in arms after 34-year-old Jagjit Singh was killed and half a dozen others were injured following a police firing on protesters in Satwari area of Jammu on Thursday.
Sikh youth were protesting against the removal of a big poster with picture of slain Khalistani militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale by the police.
The killing of the youth sparked violent clashes in the area, with Sikh youth taking to the streets and fighting pitched battles with police and paramilitary personnel. The clashes soon spread to other parts.
Sensing trouble, the authorities had on Thursday imposed restrictions in the violence-hit areas and closed all educational institutions in Jammu region till Sunday and put off all examinations. Meanwhile, Sikh youths on Friday morning defied restrictions and took to the streets staging anti-government demonstrations at many places in Jammu. They chanted anti-government, anti-police and pro-Khalistani slogans and burnt tyres.