At minus 17 degree Celsius, thousands spent the night on roads in Kargil protesting against the creation of a separate administrative division for Ladkah with its headquarters at Leh.
Protests erupted yesterday evening when the divisional commissioner of newly-created division tried to visit Kargil but thousands marched on roads and blocked his entry into the town and forced him to go back.
Centre's decision of creating the division of Ladkah has snowballed into a major controversy. All political parties, social and religious groups from the Kargil region have joined hands demanding a review of the government order. They refuse to be part of the new division unless there is a six-month rotation of offices between Kargil and Leh. Even government employees have joined protests and all government offices in Kargil have been closed since yesterday.