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Thousands court arrest over Amarnath land row

Thousands court arrest over Amarnath land row

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: August 18, 2008

Intensifying their struggle for restoration of nearly 100 acres of land to Amarnath shrine board, thousands of protestors on Monday courted arrest after holding demonstrations in front of police stations in the Jammu region.

The protestors raised slogans of "bam bam bholay" and marched to police stations as a three-day 'jail bharo andolan' called by the Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti (SASS) got underway.

Police took them to schools and stadiums in vehicles. Reports from Udhampur said that police resorted to lathicharge and burst teargas shells to disperse the protestors.

Reports of agitators courting arrest also poured in from Kathua, Samba and R S Pura.

Over one lakh people demanding transfer of nearly 100 acres of land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) and recall of Governor NN Vohra are likely to court arrest during the three-day 'jail bharo Andolan,' said SASS spokesman Narinder Singh.

Meanwhile, police said that curfew was relaxed today from 5 am to 8 pm in Kishtwar, Jammu and Udhampur districts.

"In Kishtwar, which witnessed violence last week, there was no untoward incident and curfew has been relaxed for the day. However, tension is still high," Deputy Commissioner Sudershan Kumar Sharma told PTI.

Samba and Jammu have been under curfew for the past 18 days while Udhampur has been facing curfew restrictions for the past 13 days. In Samba, the curfew was relaxed on Monday from 5 am to 2 pm.

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