Massive protests on Amarnath land row continue in Jammu

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Jammu, Jul 30 (UNI) Notwithstanding strict police action, people continued to hold massive demonstrations in Jammu and other places as life remained paralysed on the seventh consecutive day today in the winter capital region.

People at several places in the city and outskirts burnt tyres and blocked the already deserted roads connecting the city, reports said.

Massive protest rallies are being taken out in the city as well as rural areas in response to the ongoing agitation for restoration of forest land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) in Kashmir.

Torch rallies throughout the city during night hours have become a daily affaor to lodge protest against the government for revoking the order diversion of land to the SASB.

Protesters also damaged electronic electricity meters in the city.

As per the reports from the rural area of Samba, Kathua, Udhampur, Reasi and Rajouri districts, main markets were closed and people were taking out protest rallies.

There has been no let up in the agitation since its upsurge after a protester allegedly committed suicide on Amarnath land row on July 23, and subsequent ''police brutality''.

Police had imposed curfew in Jammu district to meet the situation. But people defied restrictions and entered into violent clashes with police.

In an unexpected approach towards the ongoing agitation in Jammu, police on Saturday entered the residences of people, pelted stones at their houses and damaged private vehicles at Muthi in Domana police station area.

Several people, including children and leaders of various political parties spearheading the agitation under the banner of the Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti (SAYSS), were arrested by the police.

The SAYSS has extended call for Jammu bandh till July 31.

The Jammu and Kashmir Oil and Petroleum Tankers Association has also decided to discontinue the supply of petroleum products to the Valley till July 31, he informed.

All the markets and educational institutes remained closed.

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