Amarnath land row: 2 more killed in police firing at Samba

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Jammu, Aug 4 (UNI) Two more protestors were killed and several injured as police fired at agitating mob in Samba district today, taking the death toll on Amarnath land issue to seven in the winter capital region of Jammu, official sources said.

Nearly 50 people, including 20 police personnel, were also injured in the fresh flare-up at Samba this afternoon.

Two locals, identified as Sanjeev Singh (24), son of Chanchal Singh and Sunny Padha (30), son of Khem Raj were killed in the police action while one Prabhu Dayal (40), was under treatment at the Government Medical College, Jammu, official sources told UNI.

Police opened fire at irate mob that violated curfew restrictions and pelted stones while protesting for restoration of forest land to the Shrine Amarnath Shrine Board.

''At least 20 police personnel, including the SSP, were injured in heavy stone pelting and clashes with people who attempted to block Jammu-Pathankot national highway,'' an official spokesman said.

Despite Army out on city roads, people defied curfew and staged protest demonstrations at various places of the city as well as in small towns of the region, which is witnessing unrest after the government revoked order diverting land to the SASB at Baltal for constructing temporary shelters for pilgrims.

However, the curfew relaxation from 0500 to 0800 hrs in Jammu and from 0800 hrs to 1000 hrs in Samba this morning passed off peacefully.

People thronged markets to purchase essential commodities.

Army conducted flag marches in sensitive areas to ensure curfew after the relaxation.

Doctors and paramedical staff of the city hospitals took mass casual leave for a day to express their solidarity with the protestors.

Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangarsh Samiti (SAYSS), a conglomerate of 35 political, religious and social outfits, extended the Jammu bandh by another five days.

The Samiti, which has ruled out any dialogue with the government, is demanding removal of newly-appointed Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and restoration of forest land to the SASB at Baltal.

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