Jammu agitation to intensify from Monday

August 17th, 2008 - 6:25 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Amarnath Shrine

Jammu, Aug 17 (IANS) The Shri Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti, leading the agitation demanding restoration of land to the Amarnath shrine management, has announced plans to intensify protests from Monday. The Samiti Sunday gave a call for people to court arrests as, it said, both the central and the Jammu and Kashmir governments have failed to pay heed to its demand.

On Monday, the Samiti’s male supporters will demonstrate and court arrest, followed by women Tuesday and children Wednesday, Brig. Suchet Singh, a senior Samiti leader, told a press conference here.

“Terming the situation in the Kashmir Valley as grim and out of control, the Shree Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti has lambasted both the state and central governments for maintaining a criminal silence over misdeeds of fanatic and fundamentalist forces who have let loose a reign of terror in the Valley and are threatening the non-Kashmir people,” he said.

“Due to the threats of fanatic forces, more than 400 Durbar Move employees, belonging to the minority community, have already fled from the Kashmir Valley to save their lives. Now these forces have been threatening all minorities to leave the Valley as early as possible,” he said.

Annually, the state government secretariat moves to Srinagar in summer and Jammu in winter. The massive operation is officially called the Durbar Move, and involves a large number of people.

The issue of land for the Sri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) has led to violent protests in both Jammu and the Kashmir Valley for the past nearly two months.

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