Protesters in Jammu attempt to disrupt supplies

August 21st, 2008 - 9:59 pm ICT by ANI  

Jammu , August 21 (ANI): Continuing with their protests over the shrine land row demonstrators ransacked a vehicle of the States Food and Supplies Department on Thursday in Jammu.

Situation remained tense although there was no day curfew in the region, as protesters tried to block the roads and prevented vehicular movement in the city.

The commuters were stopped enroute by the protesters and made to return.

The protesters ransacked a vehicle belonging to States Food and Supplies Department, carrying supplies for public distribution.

Earlier in the day, the protesters had also burnt and damaged few vehicles, one of them belonging to senior leader of Central ruling Congress party and former Deputy Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mangat Ram Sharma.

Jammu has been rocked by violent protests and demonstrations and shutdown for nearly two months over the issue of transfer of a forestland to the trust that runs Amarnath shrine, a cave shrine in the Himalayas visited by Hindu pilgrims.

The row over the land allocated for setting up temporary facilities for Hindu pilgrims visiting Amarnath shrine in Kashmir and withdrawn later has snowballed into large-scale protests for more than seven weeks. (ANI)

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