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JAMMU: With members from Jammu Bar Association and Jammu Gurdwara Committee joining, the chain hunger strike by the AIIMS Coordination Committee (ACC) demanding the setting up of an AIIMS, here, entered its seventh consecutive day, on Monday.
“Today we have so far had the largest group of 60 members sitting for a day-long hunger strike. We have members from the Jammu Bar Association and also from the Jammu Gurdwara Committee,” AIIMS Coordination Committee Chairman Abhinav Sharma said.
“BJP is pushing the people of Jammu region to the wall and forcing them to take to streets to get their demand for the establishment of the sanctioned AIIMS in Jammu fulfilled” Abhinav said.
The ACC would organize a massive candle light protest march on 29th July, which would start from Ambphalla Chowk, near Central Jail, at 7:00 PM, he also said while urging all sections of society to participate in the proposed rally so that a right message goes to those who have been harming the interests of people of Jammu region to keep their Kashmiri masters in good humour.
He said that seven days have passed since the ACC resumed the strike on July 21 — after calling off their first leg of strike — but not one state government representative has so far tried to contact them.
“Several student leaders today approached the ACC leadership and offered their unqualified support to the movement, he said, adding that today the ACC leadership also flagged off a bikers rally, which passed through various streets of Jammu and culminated at the University of Jammu,” he added.
ACC, an amalgam of over 70 organisations, is leading the agitation for setting up of an AIIMS in the Jammu region.
They have given a three-day complete Jammu bandh call starting July 31. It will be the third bandh observed over the issue in the Jammu region since April this year.
Sharma expressed hope that the bandh would be a grand success as the ACC has the support of all trade and transport unions of the region.
“All the trade and transport unions have extended their support to the ACC. We are hopeful that the three days of Jammu bandh would be sufficient to send a strong message to the government and especially to BJP, that the people of Jammu no longer would tolerate back-stabbing,” he said.
Senior Advocate and former Bar President Bhupinder Singh Slathia rejected as a cunning ploy the statement of Education Minister and Spokesperson of J&K Government Naeem Akhtar that the PDP also endorsed the demand in Jammu for AIIMS. People want a definite order on the issue of AIIMS and not statements which are politically motivated and designed to weaken the ongoing movement in Jammu, he said adding that if the ruling coalition sincerely wishes that things in Jammu remained normal, it has no option left but to implement the written commitment in letter and spirit before 30th July so that the ACC and people of Jammu regions didn’t enforce their three-day-long Bandh call from 31st July.
President of Amar Khastriya Rajput Sabha, Narayan Singh, who is also member of the ACC and Chamber of Commerce and Industry, also addressed the gathering and announced that he, along with Bhupinder Singh Slathia, Prof Hari Om and Ajay Chrungoo, will visit Reasi on Tuesday and hold meeting with civil society groups as part of the mass contact programme. Those who sat on hunger strike today included secretary general JKHCBA, Jammu, A P Singh, advocates Rupak Ratta Rajneesh Rainia, Vivek Sharma, Gurjeet Singh Wazir, Sachin Dogra, Ajay Bakshi, Surjeet Singh Andotra, Divya Ishan, Karan Sharma, Rohit Gupta, Amit Singh, Vikas Pankaj, Raghubir Singh, Narinder Sharma, Amulay Gupta, Umesh Sharma, Saurav Bansottra, Dheeraj Bhasin, Ravinder Kumar, S K Rainia, former president State Gurudawara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC) and President Sikh United Front, Sardar Sudershan Singh Wazir, Sardar Avtar Singh Khalsa, general secretary, Sikh United Front and Member DGPC, Darbinder Singh, Ramnik Singh, Fateh Singh, Raja Singh, Members DGPC Jammu, Mohinder Singh, chief organizer, Bhai Kanahiya Nishkaam Sewa Society, Param Jeet Singh, president AISSF, Kulwant Singh, Surjeet Singh, Sikh Naujawan Sabha, Jarnail Singh, Member DGPC, Samba, Surinder Singh Kala, president J&K Motor Transport Companies Association, Kamaljeet Singh, Sarpanch Rathaana, Surinder Singh Saini, Kuldeep Singh Malik, Ghansham Singh, Daya Singh, Members DGPC, Doda, Jarnail Singh, Kulvinder Singh and Mittar Pal Singh, Member DGPC, Samba.
Among others who addressed the gathering included former Judge and President JPPF, Pavitar Singh, Tariq Bhat, Reasi, Rajkumar, Chairman Jammu Adhikaar Manch, Rajesh Thappa, Ajay Bakshi, Surjeet Singh, Dr Inderjeet, former Jt Director Industry and Commerce, and Darvinder Singh.
Meanwhile, Biker Brotherhood MC Club extended wholehearted support to AIIMS Coordination Committee which is spearheading the fight to get AIIMS back to Jammu.
The contingent of youth from Biker Brotherhood MC Club was led by its president Jugraj Singh. Later, the club members took out a rally on bikes which passed through various markets of city.
Meanwhile, members of Bar Association Kathua suspended work in District and Session’s Court Kathua in support of AIIMS Coordination Committee led by J and K High Court Bar Association Jammu.
Members of Bar Association Kathua also sat on Dharna in the Court’s premises during office hours.
The Advocates who sat on Dharna includes Ajat Shatru Sharma, Angrez Singh, Kamaljeet Singh, Pankaj Gupta, Rajesh Kumar, Surjeet Kumar and Pankaj Kumar besides many other litigants present in the Court premises also joined the protest.
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