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Army marches so do defiant protestors

Army marches so do defiant protestors

Author: PNS
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: August 3, 2008

The mass movement over the Amarnath land transfer issue showed no signs of abating when, on the 10th day of protests on Saturday, protestors defied curfew to hold demonstrations demanding the ouster of Governor NN Vohra.

Demonstrators holding the Tricolour came out in large numbers demanding the restoration of 39.88 hectares land to the Amaranth shrine even as the Army staged a flag march in supersensitive Jammu and Samba districts.

Traffic on the Jammu-Pathankot national highway remained closed.

At least 10 people were injured when security forces resorted to cane charge and fired warning shots to disperse agitators gathered in Bisnah to pay homage to Kuldeep Kumar Verma, a youth activist of Sangarsh Samiti, who died on July 23.

Firebrand religious leader Sadhvi Rithambara, scheduled to visit Bisnah, was sent back to Delhi from the airport while former MP Chief Minister Uma Bharati was detained at the circuit house and later taken to Udhampur.

BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley, here to attend meetings with State BJP leaders, announced that the would BJP would organise a nationwide stir from August 11 on the Amarnath issue.

Meanwhile, faced with economic blockade, the Valley's fruit growers and transporters threatened to take their trucks to Muzaffarabad across LoC on Monday if authorities failed to provide safe passage to their vehicles through Jammu. "If our trucks are not allowed to reach markets outside the State, we will take them to Muzaffarabad," All Valley Transport Committee of Fruit Growers chief Rasool Bhat said in Srinagar.

Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani asked Muslims not to leave Jammu and lashed out at Hindu outfits for the blockade of the Valley. "Muslims of Jammu should not think of migration," he said.

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