AIIMS row: Jammu bodies call for 3-day bandh from July 31

AIIMS row: Jammu bodies call for 3-day bandh from July 31

JAMMU: The AIIMS coordination committee, spearheading the movement for setting up of AIIMS in Jammu,on Friday announced a three day shutdown call starting July 31.
The committee also said that it would organise a massive ‘Lalkar’ rally in Jammu city on Saturday followed by a candle light protest march.
“The committee held a meeting and decided to call for a complete Jammu bandh fromJuly 31 to August 2 to protest the government decision of shifting of the AIIMS from Jammu to Kashmir,” said Abhinav Sharma, president of ACC, an amalgamation of over 70 civil society groups spearheading the agitation.
Sharma said that the decision to call for the bandh was taken after the BJP leadership of the state, including deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh and forest minister Bali Bhagat, failed to fulfill their commitment of getting an “appropriate order” from the government of India to establish AIIMS in Jammu.
“The BJP leadership has befooled the people of Jammu, they had given us written assurance that they would get an appropriate order from the central government to establish AIIMS in Jammu on or by July 20, but they failed to fulfill their commitment,” said Sharma.
Meanwhile, the chain hunger strike resumed by the committee entered fourth consecutive day on Friday with 20 people taking their turn to sit for the protest.
The committee had earlier onJune 18 temporarily suspended its hunger strike following a written assurance by deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh and his cabinet colleagues. The ministers had said they would get an “appropriate order” for setting up of AIIMS in Jammu on or before July 20, Sharma said.
It resumed its agitation from July 21, after the BJP leaders failed to fulfill their commitment on the issue.
“It is the fourth day of the strike today and people from various sections have taken their turn today to sit on the hunger strike in support of the AIIMs demand. We will continue our agitation it till our demand is met,” said Sharma.
Accusing BJP of betraying the people of Jammu, the members said the citizens would teach the party a lesson in the days to come.
Meanwhile the work in the courts across the region remained suspended on a call given by the Bar Association.
—With inputs from PTI