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Withdraw of Jammu officials from Valley says BJP

Withdraw of Jammu officials from Valley says BJP

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: August 20, 2008

Claiming that officials from Jammu were facing intimidation in Kashmir, the BJP on Wednesday demanded that they be temporarily withdrawn from the valley in the wake of the agitation over Amarnath land issue.

"About 50 such personnel, who had come to BJP office here, had narrated their woes about how they faced threats in the valley in recent-past and were forced to quit different parts of the valley," State BJP president Ashok Khajuria said in Jammu.

Most of these officials belong to civil secretariat, while others are posted in different wings of the Government department in the valley, party's vice president Hari Om said.

These employees, they demanded, should be retained with the divisional commissioner's office in Jammu temporarily till situation normalises in valley and they themselves show their willingness to return to their postings in Kashmir.

Asking authorities in Kashmir Valley not to "deepen the communal divide", they said "they should learn from the people of Jammu who have proved their secular credentials by ensuring that no Kashmiri Muslim working in Jammu leaves for valley under duress or threat".

They also alleged that senior officers were trying to sabotage the ongoing agitation in Jammu for restoration of land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).

"We warn these officers, including the chief secretary, the director general of police and director agricultural, to desist from such pressure tactics or else they and their families will face social boycott from Jammuites," Khajuria said. He said that the BJP supports the ongoing agitation led by Shri Aamarnath Yatra Sangarsh Samiti for restoration of land to SASB and recall of Governor NN Vohra.

"Ours is do or die agitation in Jammu," he said.

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