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Patil briefs PM on J&K situation

August 13, 2008 20:57 IST

With the Centre mooting an idea of forming a committee to hold talks with agitators in Jammu and Kashmir [Images], Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil [Images] on Wednesday briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] about the prevailing situation and findings of the all-party team that visited the state in the wake of Amarnath land row.

                                      Coverage: The Amarnath Row

Patil informed the Prime Minister about the steps being taken to bring back normalcy in both Jammu region and Kashmir valley, Home Ministry sources said.

Patil also told Singh that there was no blockade on the Jammu-Srinagar highway and adequate security personnel were deployed for uninterrupted movement of vehicles.

                                      In Jammu, a tangled tale is written in blood

During the briefing, Patil apprised Singh about the findings of the all-party delegation, which visited the state on Saturday and Sunday, and suggestions given by it.

Sources said the Centre was contemplating an economic package for those who were affected due to the agitation and economic blockade.

                                'Amarnath land issue ignited pent up anger'

The suggestion was given by the all-party delegation, which met twice in the past two days.

Later, a Home Ministry spokesman said 236 trucks carrying oil, gas and other essential items had crossed Jawahar tunnel on way to Kashmir.

                                   'J&K unrest is the handiwork of politicians'


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