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Sri Ravishankar calls on civil society to resolve Amaranath row

August 13, 2008 18:58 IST

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Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar said on Wednesday said the civil society in Jammu and Kashmir [Images] should come forward for amicable resolution of the Amarnath land transfer issue.

"The civil society should come forward for resolution of the issue so that peace is restored in Jammu and Kashmir," he told reporters after a meeting with Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani at his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar [Images].

He said efforts should be made to prevent the issue from being communalised and justice should be done to all.

Ravishankar is expected to meet the chairman of moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Governor N N Vohra later on Wednesday.

During the 15-minute meeting, Geelani said the Muslims of Kashmir have never been against the Amarnath yatra [Images] and have been actively facilitating the annual Hindu pilgrimage for more than 125 years.

"Even during the nine-day agitation, Muslims set up langars for yatries and tourists, we are not communalists, it is the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Sangh parivar who are communal and bent upon weakening India," he alleged.

Geelani accused the state police chief of being communal and alleged while nobody was killed in police firing in the Jammu region during the 40-day agitation, a free hand has been given to police to kill as many Kashmiri youth as possible.

"Other than suicide committed by one person, nobody was killed in Jammu .... in just two days, the police and other forces have killed

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