Bar Association takes out protest rally in Jammu

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Jammu, July 9 (UNI) The Jammu Bar Association today took out a protest rally and sought instant redressal to the ongoing issue of transfer of land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.

Led by president of Jammu Bar Association B S Slathia, hundreds of lawyers and senior advocates took to the streets as the protest march passed through the main bazaars of City of Temples.

''We have suspended two-day court work against discrimination with the Jammu region. The agitation will continue and we will fight for the cause,'' a protesting senior advocate said.

''The Sangharsh Samiti temporarily suspended the Jammu bandh call but we wanted that agitation should have been continued, which was being supported by the people of the Jammu region,'' Mr Slathia told UNI.

''We have discussed the issue with various constituents of the Sangharsh Samiti and asked them to launch a mass agitation unless the land be handed over to the Shrine Board,'' Mr Slathia said, asserting, ''it is a matter of pride and sentiments for the people of Jammu. The agitation will continue while a massive dhrana will be staged near court complex tomorrow morning.'' Jammu is ''burning'' for the past ten days over revocation of order of transfer of land under which the 800 kanals of land at Baltal in South Kashmir, was transferred to the Tourism department.

Hundreds of leaders and protestors were arrested and injured in the massive demonstrations in all districts of the Jammu region.

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