Indefinite curfew imposed in Jammu

July 2nd, 2008 - 1:35 pm ICT by ANI  

Amarnath Shrine

Jammu, July 2 (ANI): The Jammu district administration extended curfew to the entire Jammu region on Wednesday, following large scale protests and violence against the cancellation of the land allotment order to the Sri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).
All schools and colleges have been shut for the day, but essential services were exempted from curfew.
The curfew was imposed on Tuesday afternoon in areas falling under three police stations of Muthi, Bakshi Nagar and Rehari.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called for nationwide shutdown on Thursday. Calling the revocation of land to Amarnath Shrine Board as a ‘non-secular’ move, BJP president Rajnath Singh urged the state government to re-allot the land to Shrine Board.
After hue and cry and nearly two weeks of row over the 40-acre land allotted to the Shri Amarnath shrine board by the state government, Jammu and Kashmir government has revoked the allotted land and has passed on the land to the tourism department.
Rajnath has also alleged the Central Government for the revocation and has blamed the congress for bowing down to the pressure of separatists. BJP will also take out protest rallies in all the major centers of the country from July 4 to July 11. (ANI)

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