Jammu: Thousands of people on Sunday marched in Kargil district against the administration’s decision to permanently post the offices of Ladakh divisional commissioner and Inspector General of Police (IGP) in Leh town.
The people of Kargil demanded that the offices function on rotational basis – in Kargil during summers and in Leh during winters.
The procession was taken out under the banner of two influential religious organisations – Islamic school and Khumani Memorial Trust – and ended peacefully after a delegation met the deputy commissioner and submitted a memorandum, officials said.
They said that people from all walks of life, including politicians, religious leaders and social workers, participated in the rally which started from Islamia School chowk at 10.30am and concluded at Baroo after marching through the streets of the town for nearly four hours.
Urging Governor Satya Pal Malik to review his decision, the participants were seen chanting slogans throughout the rally, pledging support to the “united movement” in support of the “genuine rights” of the people of Kargil.
Meanwhile, People’s Conference chairman and former minister Sajad Gani Lone said the demand of the people of Kargil for rotational divisional headquarters between Leh and Kargil is justified.
“Kargil has been ignored in the developmental processes. The government runs the risk of wronging a right. Divisional status is a right step and static headquarters is a wrong step,” Lone said in a statement.