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40 injured in fresh violence in Jammu

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Jammu, Aug 20, IRNA


Forty people, including nine policemen were injured as fresh violence erupted in Jammu region of India's Jammu and Kashmir state. Curfew was reimposed in entire Jammu district after fresh.

However, curfew was relaxed for varying periods in Samba, Udhampur and Kishtwar districts, Wednesday.

Fresh violence broke out in different parts of the Jammu city and stone-pelting mobs clashed with the police and Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel, Tuesday night.

Police and RAF canecharged the mob, lobbed teargas shells and fired rubber bullets in which six RAF men and one sub-divisional police officer Rupinder Chalotra were injured among others.

Meanwhile, the three-day 'Jail Bharo Andolan' called by the Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti (SASS) to demand transfer of more than 100 acres of land to the Amarnath Shrine Board entered its last day on Wednesday.

Barbed wire fences were put up by the Army in different parts of the city to stop people from defying curfew and courting arrests.

Meanwhile, the group spearheading the Amarnath agitation in Jammu region on Tuesday night agreed to hold talks with a panel set up by the Governor in a bid to find a solution, days after it spurned an offer for negotiations.

The Samiti however said there will be no let up in their over month-long agitation saying it would continue till 25th August even as tens of thousands of protestors courted arrest in Jammu. It has been pressing for the revocation of the order cancelling Amarnath land transfer.

Meanwhile, National Security Advisor M K Narayanan on Wednesday met Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and other top officials of the state administration in Srinagar to discuss the present security situation following unrest over the Amarnath land issue.

Accompanied by Intelligence Bureau Director P C Halder and other officers from the Union Home Ministry, Narayanan had a meeting with Vohra, his three advisors and other top officials.

The proposed march by separatists to Idgah in interior city on Friday also came up for discussion during the meeting, sources said.

Narayanan's visit comes two days after thousands of people gathered near the local office of the United Nations Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan demanding an intervention of the international body.

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