Uma Bharati stages protest outside PM residence, held

August 6th, 2008 - 9:03 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Amarnath Shrine

New Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS) Bharatiya Janshakti Party leader Uma Bharati was Wednesday taken into police custody when she tried to stage a protest outside the prime minister’s official residence here. She was upset after her party was not invited at an all-party meeting at the prime minister’s residence to discuss the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which has been simmering for the past 36 days over the cancellation of land transfer to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.

Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Uma Bharati reached the 7 Race Course Road house, but was apparently denied entry by security personnel. She then attempted a sit-in outside the prime minister’s residence and was taken to the Tughlaq Road police station.

Delhi Police officials were tight-lipped whether she was taken into preventive custody or if she was arrested.

Uma Bharati demanded that the central government immediately recall Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra and the disputed land be transferred to the shrine board.

On Saturday, the Jammu and Kashmir police had in Jammu taken Uma Bharati and Sadhvi Ritambhara into preventive custody amid renewed violence over the Amarnath land row.

Jammu’s Hindu population is protesting the revocation of a land transfer order that gave about 40 hectares of forest land in north Kashmir to the shrine board, which manages the Himalayan cave shrine.

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