Jammu protesters deny ‘economic blockade’ of KashmirAugust 5th, 2008 - 9:19 pm ICT by IANS
Jammu, Aug 5 (IANS) The umbrella organisation of some Hindu groups spearheading the agitation for the restoration of land allotment to Amarnath shrine board here Tuesday denied they had created an “economic blockade” to the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley. The propaganda of “economic blockade is a vicious invention by Kashmiri leadership, mainstream and separatists alike, to revile the agitation in Jammu” for the return of the land to the shrine board, said Leela Karan Sharma, convenor of the Amarnath Yatra Sangarsh Samiti (AYSS).
The AYSS consists of 30 Hindu outfits, including the Bharatiya Janata Party, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal, agitating for allotment of lands to the shrine board for creating pilgrim facilities.
Sharma told reporters that the situation in Jammu arising out of curfew, general shutdown and police “highandedness” had caused some delay in the supplies to the Kashmir Valley.
“That is the case with the whole of Jammu and Kashmir and not just the valley alone,” he said. “The people of Jammu are also starving and suffering.”
Sharma blamed Kashmiri leadership to have invented an ugly term of “economic blockade” and used it to “communalise” the situation.
“They want to set the state on fire on communal lines,” he said.