Punjab. Sangrur Lok Sabha MP and SAD (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann has been on a dharna since Monday night. Moreover, he has been demanding the administration to allow him to proceed to Jammu, being on a sit-in protest in Lakhanpur, Kathua. On the other hand, the officials denied his demand in the view of disturbances in public tranquility which may occur if he visits Jammu.
However, Mann was prevented from entering Jammu and Kashmir on Monday night in the view of the possibility of “disturbance in public peace” if he arrives there. Furthermore, Mann was prevented from entering Kathua district as a result of an order made by Kathua District Magistrate Rahul Pandey under Section 144 of the CrPC.
Geographically, when entering Jammu & Kashmir, one must pass via the district because it borders Punjab. Approximately nine o’clock at night, according to sources, Mann’s cavalcade entered the Lakhanpur district of Kathua. Additionally, the police then stopped it, citing the district magistrate’s decision, denying him passage to Jammu.
Mann criticised the prohibitory order issued against him without serving him with a copy in advance so that he could have approached the court as permitted by law while on his way to Jammu to meet people and get their opinions about the situation in the Union Territory following the abrogation of Article 370. Moreover, he, citing the news of recent killings of Kashmiri pandits in the valley, added that meeting them in person and addressing their grievances is necessary.
However, the Kathua district SSP and magistrate met MP Simranjit Singh Mann, asking him to return to Punjab, but he refused. Since then, he has been on a dharna, demanding the administration to let him go to Jammu. Though it’s clear that the administration won’t be allowing him to go to Jammu, but his dharna continues today, demanding the same.