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Won't allow pilgrims to Ajmer dargah, warn VHP, Bajrang Dal

July 02, 2008 14:26 IST

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal on Wednesday warned that they will not allow pilgrims to reach the Ajmer dargah, where the annual Urs has begun, unless the Jammu and Kashmir [Images] government withdraws its latest order revoking the transfer of forest land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.

Bajrang Dal Rajasthan unit's convenor Mahendra Singh Meena said that Hindu activists of the saffron outfits would block buses carrying pilgrims in Rajasthan during the two-day countrywide bandh beginning on Thursday.

He said 40 hectares of controversial forest land should be allocated to the SASB.

"We are also demanding that the Jammu and Kashmir government be dismissed, the army is withdrawn from the state, the subsidy of Rs 22,000 for a Haj pilgrim be stopped and all Haj houses be converted into children's homes."

"Since fanatic groups in Jammu and Kashmir tried to stop the Amarnath Yatra on the land transfer issue, our agitation will continue till our demands are met," said Meena.

Meanwhile, the Ajmer district administration has stepped up security arrangements near the dargah, an official said.

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