Ladakh border march called off, protesters say peaceful agitation to continue

webnexttech | Ladakh border march called off, protesters say peaceful agitation to continue

Accusing the administration of turning Leh into a quotwar zonequot ahead of its march to the China border on April 7 the Leh Apex Body LAB on Saturday said it is withdrawing the proposed event to quotavoid any sort of confrontation with the law-enforcement agenciesquotAddressing a press conference here LAB leaders including its chairman Chering Dorjay and climate activist Sonam Wangchuk said they have already achieved their objective of creating awareness among the people of the country about the plight of farmers who are allegedly losing prime pasture land to huge industrial plants in the south and to quotChinese encroachmentsquot in the northThe LAB along with the Kargil Democratic Alliance KDA is spearheading an agitation to demand statehood for Ladakh and its inclusion in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution The LAB leaders said they will continue with their struggle in a peaceful manner through chain hunger strikes and protestsquotLooking at the prevailing situation in Leh this government acts like a mad elephant having no care for national security or people039s sentiments and their problems Its only concern is winning elections and it can stop people from marching even at the cost of using violencequotWe are concerned about national security and the peaceful atmosphere Secondly our aim to generate awareness in the country about the ground situation in Ladakh has been achieved so we are withdrawing the proposed border march in the interest of people and to avoid confrontation with the law-enforcement agenciesquot Wangchuk told reportersThe LAB had announced the quotborder Pashmina marchquot to Changthang near the China border to highlight the condition of grazersIn a move apparently aimed at countering the march Leh District Magistrate DM Santosh Sukhadeve said on Friday that prohibitory orders issued under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure CrPC would be in force on April 7 and directed that no procession rally or march should be taken out without his prior approvalThe DM said the senior superintendent of police has reported about reliable inputs indicating a possible breach of peace and public tranquillity in the districtquotNo one shall use vehicle-mounted or other loudspeakers without prior approval from the competent authority No public gathering without prior approval of the competent authority shall be allowed No one shall make any statements which have the potential to disturb communal harmony and public tranquillity and which may lead to law-and-order problems in the districtquot the DM039s order saidquotAll persons shall ensure that they follow the Model Code of Conduct and that all the activities are according to the lawquot it addedIn a separate order Additional Director General of Police S D Singh Jamwal ordered the scaling down of the speed of internet and mobile data services of 3G 4G and 5G connections and public 5G Wi-Fi facilities to 2G within a 10-kilometre radius of Leh city for 24 hours from 6 pm on SaturdayIn another order the DM prohibited the posting or sharing of such messages on social media that have the potential to disturb communal harmony peace and tranquillity and may lead to a law-and-order situation in the districtquotIt shall be the responsibility of the admins of WhatsApp groups or social media platforms to monitor and filter such content immediatelyquot the order readWangchuk said they were expecting the government to stop the march as quotthere are many things to keep under the wraps The restriction ahead of the border march is an overreactionquotHe said the deployment of police and paramilitary forces with full riot gear calling volunteers to police stations and threatening them besides causing inconvenience to people after turning Leh into a quotwar zonequot show that there are chances of a clash under a well thought out conspiracy to sabotage the agitation of Ladakhis for their democratic rightsWangchuk who held a hunger strike for 21 days till March 26 said they strongly believe in peace and peaceful ways to highlight their demands including those connected with the prevailing conditions of the Pashmina grazersThe LAB demanded immediate withdrawal of the prohibitory orders and restoration of internet services to normal speed to avoid any inconvenience to people especially patients tourists and studentsPublished By Ajmal Published On Apr 6 2024

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