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Amarnath Samiti threatens to pull out of talks

August 26, 2008 12:53 IST

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Amarnath row rocks Jammu & Kashmir

Efforts to resolve the Amarnath land transfer row on Tuesday received a jolt with the group spearheading the agitation threatening to pull out of parleys, demanding immediate transfer of some police officials responsible for use of force against innocent civilians.

The Shri Amarnath Yatra [Images] Sangharsh Samiti, which held its first talks with a governor-appointed panel on the land row on Saturday, has said there will be no further talks with the government unless three senior police officers in the province are not transferred.

The three officials are IG (Jammu Zone) K Rajendra Kumar, SSP (Jammu) Manohar Singh and SSP (Kathua district) S P Pani.

Meanwhile, normal life remained paralysed for the 59th consecutive day throughout Jammu region due to the ongoing agitation for restoration of land to the board.

Shops and markets remained closed and attendance in government and semi-government offices and banks continue to remained thin due to non-availability of private and public transport, which has been off the roads since the agitation began on June 29.

The authorities lifted curfew in Kathua town on Tuesday, a day after it was imposed following incidents of violence and subsequent clashes between police and protestors.

However, the ban orders remained in force in the border town of Poonch for last four days. Curfew was clamped in Poonch town on August 23 in the wake of communal clashes in which several shops and houses were burnt and some vehicles were damaged.

Night curfew continued to remain enforced in Kishtwar town, which was also rocked by communal violence on August 12.

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