While the Bar Association of Jammu gave a day-long bandh call for Wednesday, the lawyers strike entered the seventh consecutive day here on Tuesday.
Work in all the courts, including the Revenue Courts, Tribunals and Commissions, even in the High Court, remained paralysed for the seventh consecutive day, while members of the Bar Association of Jammu staged a protest dharna at the District Court Complex, in support of their demands.
The leadership of Vishav Hindu Parishad also attended the Dharna and supported the demands raised by the J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu vis-à-vis the Call of Jammu Bandh.
BAJ President B S Slathia appealed to all the leaders of the Civil Society to make Jammu Bandh a success, saying, ”People of Jammu have awakened for their rights and we should build pressure on the coalition government for resolution of genuine demands.”
Mr Slathia further appealed to Jammu people to keep in mind that during the Jammu Bandh, no untoward incident should take place. He cautioned that people should remain vigilant and watch that no anti-national element enters the peaceful shutdown.
Meanwhile, the Gujjars of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday asked the Jammu High Court Bar Association and other groups, who are opposing Tribal issues, to ”have a dialogue to settle doubts”.
In a programme organised by the Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation to discuss the ‘Latest issues of tribal community,’ they said nomads are already in trouble due to tremendous pressures on them.
They are looking for help from all quarters purely on humanitarian grounds, to run their livelihood, the speakers said.
Tribal researcher Javaid Rahi, reacting to the Bandh call given by the Jammu High Court Bar Association, alleging that Gujjar-Bakerwal Community was encroaching state land in the outskirts of Jammu, termed the statement as obnoxious and expressed anguish over the growing intolerance towards the tribal community.
”Let’s have a conversation on various issues, to resolve doubts emerging among the communities. Let us not think on communal lines. We the Gujjars and Dogras, are brothers living together since centuries and such division is against the interest of the communities and the state,” he asserted.