Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti Today Calls For Jammu Shutdown

24 July 2008

Srinagar: The Shri Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti (SASS) will observe a shutdown in Jammu today against the revocation of the State Governments order to transfer 40 hectares of forest land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board. The shutdown follows the death of Kuldeep Kumar Dogra, an activist of the trust in a hospital in Jammu last afternoon. He fell unconscious during a chain hunger strike. Addressing a press conference last evening, SASS convener Leela Karan Sharma said that the shutdown, including a chakka jam would be observed throughout the region on Thursday in homage to Dogra. Sharma warned that the Samiti would intensify its agitation if its demands were not met. The SASS has been demanding removal of State Governor N. N. Vohra for surrendering the responsibility of running the affairs of the SASB to the Government and for returning the forestland that was meant for the board. The State Government on July 1 had revoked its order for transferring land to the SASB by taking over the responsibilities of taking care of Amarnath pilgrims.