Shops, business establishments remain closed in Srinagar

June 24th, 2008 - 6:43 pm ICT by ANI  

Srinagar , June 24 (ANI): A day after the death of a protestor, Feroz Ahmed Rah, who was injured in police firing during a protest over the controversial allotment of forest land to the Amarnath Shrine Board, shops and business establishments in Srinagar remained closed.

Around 40 persons were injured when CRPF troopers opened fire on the protesters at Nowhatta Chowk on Monday.

On Tuesday, slogan-shouting agitators buried Rahs body.

The security personnel had on Monday resorted to firing to escape from the agitators’ wrath, who started pelting stones over a passing CRPF vehicle.

Police detained at least 50 protesters from different parts of Srinagar .

The Jammu and Kashmir Government has recently transferred nearly 40 hectares of forest land in Baltal area to the Shri Amarnath-ji Shrine Board (SASB) for 23.1 million rupees.

The move drew sharp reaction across the political spectrum. It brought together two bitter factions of the separatist All-Party Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference (APHC) to resist the move.

The shrine board’s CEO Arun Kumar, who is also the Principal Secretary to the state Governor Lt. General (Retired) S.K. Sinha, confirmed this week that the land transfer was “permanent” and legitimate as the shrine board is a state body.

While the move implies an implicit approval of the Congress party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference Party have opposed the move. (ANI)

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