Vohra's removal will ''normalise'' Jammu situation: BJP

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Jammu, Jul 27 (UNI) The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) today said removal of Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra would alone restore peace and ''normalise'' the ongoing tense situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Charging Mr Vohra with triggering communal tension in the valley, BJP vice-president and spokesman Prof Hari Om said ,'' Mr Vohra played a political card and supported fundamentalism, which deteriorated the situation in Jammu and agitation turned more aggressive and violent.'' Briefing a press conference here, Prof Om alleged that administration had hurt the religious sentiments of the people in Jammu and for this they had to pay a price.

Condemning the ill-treatment to the body of Kuldeep Verma, Prof Om said, ''the people of Jammu can distinguish between the right and wrong committed by the civil administration and police with the body of martyr Kuldeep Verma, who sacrificed his life for restoration of Amarnath Land,'' and said It was right time for the people to come forward and fight against the discrimination.

''The Governor, however, has no way out except quitting his post of J&K Governor, for restoring peace and harmony,'' the BJP leader added.

Meanwhile, in other press conference this afternoon, the members of Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti (SAYSS) condemned the lathi-charge on senior leaders of various political and religious organisations.

''The leaders were brutally beaten by the police while they were peacefully heading to pay homage to the martyr Kuldeep Verma at the site where he sacrificed his life at parade ground,'' Tilak Raj Sharma, a senior member of the Samiti said.

He said the agitation had taken a 'u' turn after Kuldeep Verma sacrificed his life and now it was not possible to retreat.

''Administration is absolutely responsible for the tense situation in Jammu and if no appropriate result will come out, the people will be forced to convert into Hindu fidyaeens,'' Mr sharma warned.

He, however, said the agitation was the result of 60 years of discrimination with the Jammu region as compared to Kashmir, but this time it would bear fruit and give justice to the people.


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