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J&K: Tension mounts as another man commits suicide

J&K: Tension mounts as another man commits suicide

Author: NDTV Correspondent
Publication: NDTV.com
Date: August 14, 2008
URL: http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20080061557

A man committed suicide over the Amarnath land controversy. A 70-year-old doctor reportedly poisoned himself in front of several members of the Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti.

The Samiti has refused to call off its agitation even as Jammu remained shut for the 22nd day.

Protests have also continued through the region often in defiance of curfew orders.

Intelligence agencies are now worried that the suicide by Dr Balwant Khajuria, who left a suicide note on the clinic he used to run will set the Jammu region ablaze again.

Today, security agencies were on tenterhooks. Dr Khajuria's body was taken through his village with angry slogans being raised all around.

This is the second such suicide-- the first by Kuldip Kumar, a young man from Bishanah had turned the tide of the agitation in Jammu drawing hundreds of ordinary people onto the streets to join in the protests.

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