Vehicle traffic between the towns of Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch was affected for more than eight hours on Monday as families of civilians, who were killed and many injured in the January Dangri terrorist attack, staged a derna on Jammu-Poonch National Highway, near Moradpur due to the delay of investigators in tracing who was standing. behind the attack.

Lifting pro-India slogans and carrying pictures of the victims, the demonstrators marched from Dangri village in the morning and blocked the highway by picketing at around eight o’clock in the morning. They burned tires and criticized the police for failing even to arrest those who allegedly provided logistical support to the militants.

Led by Saroj Bala, who lost her two sons – Deepak Kumar and Prince – in the attack, the protest also saw the participation of local BJP leaders including Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) from Rajouri district, Sarpanch Kewal Sharma, along with other party leaders Sourav Sharma, Rakshekh Raina and Kundan Sharma.

Passengers traveling between Nowshera-Rajori and Poonch had to face a hard time as they had to be stuck on the road for more than eight hours due to the blockade.

All efforts by the civil administration and police in the area to persuade the protesters to raise the dharan failed until 4.20pm, when the Extra Delegate Vivek Shekhar informed the protesters that they had to question two more suspects and that the National Investigation Team (NIA) was investigating the case. Will visit Dhangri village in next day or two.

Seven civilians were killed and 14 others injured in a double attack by armed men on Dangri village on January 1 and January 2.

We have heard that the case is almost solved, but there is no trace of militants involved in the attacks. Saroj Bala claimed that those who facilitated the attacks by providing logistics to the militants had yet to be identified.

BJYM leader Bharti justified the party’s participation in the protest saying that as a local resident he joined the protest because the police failed to even select the suspects he named as the victims.

He said that one of them happened to be an armed policeman who lived in the neighborhood of one of the victims’ families. “On the day of the massacre, he was present on duty in Kashmir and at the same time, he was physically present in the village as well. Another suspect, Bharathi said, was someone who, about an hour before the killing, asked Deepak Kumar to send him his photo via WhatsApp,” Bharati said, adding Such militant attacks as the one in Dangri cannot be carried out without a local. logistic support.


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