Emergency revisited as media under siege in Jammu, says VHP

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New Delhi, Aug 4 (UNI) Slamming the government for ''putting a siege on the media'' in Jammu, like in emergency days, the VHP today alleged that police atrocities against demonstrators were part of the 'jehadi' conspiracy to drive out Hindus from there as both were in collusion to stop the 'Amarnath Yatra'.

In 1975 during emergency, media was forced to shut up and common man not allowed to move freely. Today in Jammu, the government was doing the same with police attacking the media brutally, newspapers being shut and people's voices being gagged, said VHP general secretary (Itnl) Pravin Togadia addressing the media.

Terming the government-sponsored police attack on the common man in Jammu as a revisit of the 90s when Hindus were forced out of Kashmir, the VHP leader said it was a ploy to flush out Hindus from Jammu also, like that in Kashmir earlier, and stop the Amarnath Yyatra -- exactly what the 'jehadis' wanted.

''Both the J &K government and 'jehadis' were hand-in-glove in this 'mission'.'' Announcing the 'action plan' to save 'Amarnath yatra' and the 'jehad' against Hindus, Dr Togadia said besides the all India 'Chakka Jam' on August 13, 'Amarnath March' would be organised all over the country to the residence of all MPs seeking their stand and support on the issue during August 5-7.

''The 'Chakka Jam' would be for merely two hours -- 0900 to 1100 hrs --, would be peaceful and all essential services exempted from it.'' On August 10, marches would be taken out to the residences of Governors in all states and to that of the Prime Minister in Delhi, he said and added that if still the government failed to address its demands, a 'massive march' to Jammu would be organised.

''The Government must stop meddling in the affairs of Hindus and not help the 'jehadis' by heaping atrocities on them for which it will have to pay a heavy price.'' UNI AN PK GC1925

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