Successful 'Chakka Jam' shows people's support for Jammu stir: VHP

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New Delhi, Aug 13 (UNI) Traffic blockade at more than 6,000 places across the country were reported during today's two-hour 'chakka jam' called by the VHP in support of the agitation being spearheaded by the people of Jammu protesting cancellation of land allotment to the Sri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) in Kashmir.

Calling the 'jam' as ''highly successful'', VHP general secretary Pravin Togadia told UNI that nearly 450 trains were stopped at various points all over the country, while adding that no violence was reported from anywhere.

''The 'chakka jam' was entirely peaceful and a grand success.

People voluntarily came out in support of the 'jam','' he said.

The presence of a large number of people during the 'jam' was indicative of people pouring out their resentment over the government's step-motherly treatment to the Hindus in the country wherever they are, Mr Togadia said.

''On the contrary, the Muslims were being appeased in every possible way,'' he added.

Mr Togadia also informed that on August, 15, 16 and 17, the VHP would launch a three-day 'mass contact programme' to garner greater support for the people of Jammu and their agitation.

In Delhi, traffic was thrown out of gear and people were highly inconvenienced this morning during the VHP-sponsored 'Chakka Jam'.

The peaceful agitation, however, saw several office-going people left stranded at various points during the 'jam', which lasted for two hours, between 0900 and 1100 hrs.

VHP sources said the successful 'jam', carried out at 22 locations in the capital, included the busy Vikas Marg, Akshardham temple, ITO, Wazirpur, Ashram, Moolchand crossing, Khajuri Chowk, the Delhi-Noida-Delhi Express Highway, Delhi Cantonment, Uttam Nagar and Dhaula Kuan among other places.

''Various activists were stationed to implement the blockade which was successful and remained peaceful,'' said sources.

All emergency services, including school buses, ambulances, fire brigade and the everyday essentials were kept out of the purview of the blockade, Mr Togadia said.

''The two-hour nationwide 'chakka jam' was called to express solidarity with those agitating for the Amarnath land in Jammmu,'' he added.

Yesterday, Mr Togadia had said the peaceful and democratic 'chakka jam', all over the country, would be to alert the government on the issue and warned if this failed to wake the government from its slumber, a ''more vigourous and animated phase'' would follow.

''We could also give a call for 'Amarnath Chalo', if the government fails to listen to the democratic gestures we have been resorting to till now,'' he threatened.


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