Don’t backtrack on agreement, Sangharsh Samiti warns government

September 12th, 2008 - 6:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Amarnath ShrineJammu, Sep 5 (IANS) Six days after the Jammu and Kashmir government reached an agreement giving the Amarnath temple trust temporary use of a piece of forest land, the Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti Friday warned the government against “backtracking” on the accord or it would renew its agitation.”The agitation was suspended and not called off. The government should bear this in mind,” Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharash Samiti convenor Leela Karan Sharma told media persons Friday evening.

He voiced his irritation over the government silence on the issue of those detained under the Public Safety Act, which allows the authorities to detain anyone for two years without offering any explanation to the courts.

Sharma said according to the agreement, criminal cases against the protesters who took part in the 63-day-long agitation demanding return of the land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) would be withdrawn.

Governor N.N. Vohra’s four-member panel, headed by his advisor (home) S.S. Bloeria, and Sharma signed an accord Aug 31, setting aside 100 acres of land “exclusively” for the shrine board during the annual Hindu pilgrimage to the cave shrine devoted to Lord Shiva in the Kashmir Himalayas.

“If the government continues to backtrack on the agreement, the Sangharsh Samiti would not hesitate to revive the suspended agitation,” he said.

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