SASB land issue: Jammu continues to be on boil; curfew clamped

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Jammu, Jul 2 (UNI) The Jammu and Kashmir administration today imposed curfew in all parts of Jammu city rptg city to stem violent protests against the revocation of land transferred in favour of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) even as clashes over the issue continued leaving 40 people injured.

Violent protests at several places in the region marked day three of Jammu bandh, as people even attempted to defy curfew at many places in the city.

At least 28 people were injured at Bhaderwah in the hilly district of Doda when the protest demonstration took a communal turn. Besides, four people were critically injured in the violent clashes between the locals of different faiths and police firing in the town that forced civil administration to clamp curfew in the town to overcome the situation.

In Kathua district, a group of protestors attacked the house of Congress MLA Girdhari Lal Chalotra and pelted stones at his house at Hiranagar. ''However, no one was injured,'' a senior official told UNI, asserting that police resorted to lathicharge and fired teargas shells to disperse the agitators.

Hundreds of protestors took to the streets in different parts of the Kathua district, including Barnoti, village Palli, Channi while activists of saffron parties blocked the Jammu-Pathankot national highway near Lakhanpur on Punjab border, sources said.

At least 12 people, including two policemen, were injured during police-public clashes at different places in Kathua. On the request of civil administration, the Army was called in for flag march in Samba town to bring the situation under control.

The curfew was imposed in the entire city after midnight to contain violent protest against in Jammu against the controversial land transfer issue.

Kashmiri pandit migrants also lodged their protests against the government move on the issue by blocking national highway 1-a at Nagrota.

Curbed by the curfew in the winter capital, the fire of agitation spread out to the other district and tehsil towns of the Jammu region, which observed a complete bandh.

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