Take administrative measure to control the situation,ANC to governor

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Srinagar, Aug 6 (UNI) Expressing concern over the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Awami National Conference (ANC) president and former Chief Minister G M Shah today requested Governor N N Vohra to take administrative measures to put an end to it.

"We are deeply concerned and disturbed due to the prevailing situation in both the Provinces of the State and requests you to take stern action against the communal forces,'' Mr Shah said in a letter to Mr Vohra which was also released to the press here.

He said communalisation of the situation in Jammu and polarisation of State politics is highly condemned by the ANC.

''We demand administrative measures to put an end to it.'' He said the agitation in Jammu and the economic blockade of Kashmir and beyond will have deeper, irreparable and damaging effect on the future politics of the Sate.

''We smell that efforts are on to divide the State on communal lines and the the ANC condemns it and will not allow any division at any cost,'' the letter said.

However, he requested Mr Vohra to issue orders for minimum use of force, so that loss of human lives is prevented at any cost and Human Rights are honoured.

''The ANC demands strict action against the communal elements who are on a killing and looting spree in Jammu and are playing havoc under the conniving eye of the administration,'' he added.

He said the ANC condemns it as well and shall strive to uphold the secular traditions of the State and demands that the SASB be handed over immediately to local Kashmiri pundits and the Maliks with administrative support from the Government, as was prevalent for many decades, before the Shrine Board took over.

The emotional sloganeering should be stopped and the political parties of both the regions should be kept out of the present agitation and religious personalities from both the communities and from both the regions should be brought on board and a solution to the present situation be thrashed out.

The continuation of the present agitation is both dangerous and harmful to the future of the State, Mr Shah said in the letter.

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