Jammu agitationists to hold talks with government SaturdayAugust 22nd, 2008 - 9:36 pm ICT by IANS
Jammu, Aug 22 (IANS) The organisation leading an agitation here for the past two months on the Amarnath land row will begin talks with the government Saturday on resolving the issue, it was announced here Friday.”Our representatives will meet (the Jammu and Kashmir) governor’s panel at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. We will discuss the issue of 40 hectacres of land that was first given to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board and later withdrawn by the state government,” Shri Amarnath Sangrash Samiti convenor Leela Karan Sharma told newsmen here.
The Samiti’s four-member panel “will seek to know whether the government will restore the land to shrine board or not. That is our basic issue and we will demand answers to that,” Sharma added.
Governor N.N. Vohra has constituted a four-member panel comprising his advisor (Home) Sudhir Singh Bloeria, retired high court judge G.D. Sharma, Jammu University vice chancellor Amitabh Mattoo and CEO of the Amarnath Shrine Board B.B. Vyas, who is also the governor’s principal secretary.
The state government had May 26 transferred a 40-hectare plot of land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board but later withdrew this following protests in the Muslim-dominated Kashmir valley. The revocation July 1 ignited an agitation in the Hindu majority Jammu region.