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Jammu crisis: Amarnath Samiti rules out peace formula
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August 30, 2008 13:16 IST
Last Updated: August 30, 2008 14:47 IST

Talks will resume between Jammu and Kashmir [Images] Governor N N Vohra's mediator and the group spearheading the agitation over the Amarnath land row on Saturday, amidst reports that a peace formula was in the making.

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S S Bloeria will hold talks with the Shri Amarnath Yatra [Images] Sangarsh Samiti in Jammu on the issue. The talks were deferred over the last two days because Bloeria was unwell.

Amidst reports of peace formula in the offing, the group spokesman said there was no such proposal and the government had to concede to the main demand of restoring the land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.

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"Where arises the question of a peace formula or compromise formula when the fourth round of talks between the governor's panel and the Samiti's committee has not taken place so far?"

"During the first three rounds of talk on August 23, we have already given written demands to the governor's panel headed by his advisor S S Bloeria," said SAYSS spokesperson Narinder Singh.

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"The fourth round of talks was delayed twice and is now scheduled for today and we are waiting for it to be held," he said, adding, "the government has to respond to our demands and then the Samiti will decide on it".

Referring to the peace formula, the Samiti's spokesperson said such repots were deliberately being planted in the electronic media to create confusion among the people in Jammu and "please separatists and other leaders of Kashmir."

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He also alleged that People's Democratic Party patron and former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was placing hurdles in resolving the issue. 

Singh said the main demands of the SAYSS were withdrawal of cases against those who participated in the agitation, compensation to the next of kin of those killed, package to traders, inquiry against erring police officers, judicial probe into the Poonch and Kishtwar incidents and security to Jammu based employees posted in Kashmir valley.

He said no action should be taken against government employees who could not attend their duties during curfew or bandh.

The core issue, however, is restoration of land and it has to be addressed by the government at the earliest, he said, adding that the Samiti would call off the agitation the moment its demands are met.

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