Jammu protests lead to violence again

August 25th, 2008 - 3:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Jammu, Aug 25 (IANS) More than a dozen people were injured Monday as agitators clashed with police at Digina on the outskirts of Jammu.The protesters clashed with police when they were prevented from taking out a procession on the highway to Pathankot. They were chanting religious slogans when police stopped them and allegedly used force against women leading the procession.

Enraged by the police action, the protesters threw stones at the policemen while Rapid Action Force (RAF) men deployed in the area lobbed teargas shells at them. In the pitched battles that followed more than a dozen people were injured.

Jammu was observing a complete shutdown and there was no vehicular movement following a call given by the Shri Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti, leading the nearly two-month long agitation demanding allocation of government land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board. The allocation order was cancelled July 1.

Despite three rounds of talks between the governor’s panel and the Samiti Saturday and a broad understanding between the two sides, there was no end to the agitation in sight.

“Our agitation will continue till our demand is met,” Samiti convenor Leela Karan Sharma has declared. The Jammu shutdown, which was to end Monday evening, has now been extended till Aug 31.

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