Sangharsh Samiti compensates families of Amarnath agitation victims

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Jammu, Oct 5 (UNI) The Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti (SAYSS), a conglomerate of religious, political and social organisations that led the two-month-long Amarnath land movement, today compensated the families of those, who sacrificed their lives during the agitation at a function here.

''The agitation could not have been a success without the sacrifices of these people, which inspired us and day by day strengthened the movement for the cause,'' Leela Karan Sharma, convenor SAYSS said in his address.

''We salute those who sacrificed for the cause of millions of people of Jammu. The core committee of Sangharsh Samiti had already decided to pay tributes to the martyrs, who sacrificed their lives during the agitation besides compensating their families,'' Mr Sharma said.

The Sangharsh Samiti handed over cheques of Rs 4 lakh each to twelve families, who lost their loved ones during the agitation while sadhus and the religious gurus were also honoured for supporting the agitation.

Meanwhile Dr Praveen Togadia, national president Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), who was the chief guest on the occasion while addressing the gathering, termed Jammu agitation a 'historical movement.' ''The two-month long Jammu agitation reminds me of courageous and bold Dogra warrior General Zorawar Singh. The agitation has warned the Union Government that Jammu should not be ignored in future,'' Dr Togadia asserted.

Families of twelve people namely Manjit Singh (died on July 6 in Bhaderwah), Ramesh Kumar (died on July 6 at Peermitha), Kuldeep Verma of Bishnah (allegedly committed suicide on July 23 in Jammu), Sunil Singh, Jugal Kishore, Sunny Padha and Sanjeev Singh, (died in Samba police firing on August 1 and 4 respectively), Narinder Singh of Kathua (died in firing), Dr Balwant Khajuria (allegedly committed suicide), Deepak Kumar (died after he fell from a trolley on August 20), Bodh Raj of R S Pura (ied on August 26 in accident when he was coming for court arrest)and Jaswant Singh (llegedly committed suicide by self immolating on September 26 at Ghagwal) were compensated by the Sangharsh Samaiti.

One Pawan Singh, who lost his both eyes in police firing at Jourian, was also handed over a cheque of Rs 4 lakh.

The Jammu agitation started on June 29 when the state government revoked an order of transferring 800 kanals of land at Baltal in South Kashmir to the Amarnath Shrine Board.

The two-month-long agitation was called off on August 31 when an agreement was inked between the Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti (SAYSS) and the state government wherein the land has been set aside ''exclusively'' to the Shrine Board.


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