Sangharsh Samiti to strengthen stir with ''civil disobedience''

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Jammu, Aug 20 (UNI) The Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti (SAYSS), at the end of the third day of its 'Jail Bharo Andolan', today announced a ''civil disobedience'' movement to strengthen the ongoing agitation for restoration of land to the Amarnath Shrine Board.

''We have called upon the people of the Jammu to go on ''civil disobedience'' with the state government and not pay VAT, token tax, electricity and water dues, passenger tax, with immediate effect,'' SAYSS convenor Leela Karan Sharma told a press conference here.

Mr Sharma said besides ''civil disobedience'', the Samiti has given a call for taking out a funeral procession of the central government in protest against its ''criminal silence'' over the incidents of violence against Hindus from all sections in Kashmir comprising students, transporters, labourers and even High Court Judges.

''The central government does not want to involve itself in the Amarnath controversy and it is shameful that the Centre has not even reacted to the disrespect and burning of national flag by the secessionists in the Valley,'' Mr Sharma added.

He said this indicated that Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, on the Centre's directions, was supporting these activities to divert the attention of the national and international community from the demand of the people of Jammu.

Moreover, the SAYSS has also called upon the people of the Jammu region to participate in full strength in the Yatra to be taken out on August 23 while a complete bandh and chakka jam would be observed on August 25 and no commercial and even private vehicles allowed to ply on the road, the Samiti convenor added.

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