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Thousands court arrest in Jammu over Amarnath land row

August 18, 2008 14:40 IST

Intensifying their struggle for the restoration of nearly 100 acres of land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, thousands of protestors on Monday courted arrest after holding demonstrations in front of police stations in the Jammu region.

The protestors raised slogans of bam bam bholay and marched to police stations as a three-day 'jail bharo andolan' called by the Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti got underway.

The Amarnath Row

Reports from certain parts of Jammu said that the police resorted to lathicharge and burst teargas shells to disperse the protestors.

Reports of agitators courting arrest also poured in from Kathua, Samba and R S Pura.

In Jammu, a tangled tale is written in blood

Over one lakh people, demanding transfer of nearly 100 acres of land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board and recall of Governor N N Vohra, are likely to court arrest during the three-day jail bharo andolan, said SASS spokesman Narinder Singh.

Meanwhile, the police said curfew was relaxed today from 5 am to 8 pm in Kishtwar, Jammu and Udhampur districts.

Amarnath fallout may engulf India

"In Kishtwar, which witnessed violence last week, there was no untoward incident and curfew has been relaxed for the day. However, tension is still high," said Deputy Commissioner Sudershan Kumar Sharma.

Samba and Jammu have been under curfew for the past 18 days while Udhampur has been facing curfew restrictions for the past 13 days. In Samba, the curfew was relaxed today from 5 am to 2 pm.

Jammu is not for burning


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