Jammu remains peaceful on Amarnath land row after militants strike

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Jammu, Aug 27 (UNI) Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti (SAYSS), a conglomerate spearheading the agitation for restoration of forest land to the SASB in Kashmir, today called off its rally in wake of militants attack here as Jammu region heaved a sigh of relief from the ongoing protests on land row.

While the shutdown in Jammu continued on the consecutive 34th day, people stayed glued to television sets in their houses to witness the live coverage of encounter by various news channels throughout the day.

Curfew continued in the bordering Poonch district for the fifth consecutive day, while there was no report of any untoward incident from any other corner of the region.

Educational institutions, shops, markets and business establishments remained closed and normal life paralysed, which the region reeling under two-month-long agitation against the state government's decision of revoking order of land diverted to the SASB.

Private and public transport also remained off the roads.

''Samiti has decided not to hold the Sangharsh Rally, scheduled at Parade Ground, Jammu this evening to help security forces concentrate on their anti-militancy operation to flush militants out of Jammu,'' the SAYSS spokesman told UNI.

Administration had also appealed to the SAYSS to cancel its rally expressing security concerns in view of militants attack in Jammu.

The SAYSS had planned a massive rally to give a momentum to their agitation, which has entered 58th day.

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