Jammu: Jammu turned violent on Friday when protesters clashed with police over the government’s delay in announcing an AIIMS-like facility.
Police used batons and tear smoke shells to disperse protesters shouting anti-BJP slogans as they tried to force entry into the party office in Kachi Chawni area of the city.
A committee of lawyers, traders, industrialists and civil society members called for a three-day shutdown beginning on Friday, accusing the central government of going back on its promise of setting up an All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
However, later on, health minister JP Nadda assureD that there will be an AIIMS- like institute in Jammu.
Union health minister JP Nadda said “ The health ministry is setting up an AIIMS in Jammu and Kashmir and will provide similar facilities in both Jammu and Kashmir region.”
JP Nadda’s statement came out when he met health minister Lal Singh, Deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh, state BJP president Kishore Sharma, general secretary Narendra Singh, and J&K affair in charge Avinash Rai Khanna.
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley was also there in the meeting.
(with inputs from IANS)