Army Holds Flag March In Jammu

24 July 2008

Jammu: The Army held a flag march at Bishnah after police clashed in Jammu with protestors during a bandh.At least 27 persons including 12 policemen were injured in the bandh called to protest the alleged suicide by a man over the Amarnath land row. Authorities had clamped curfew in Jammu and adjoining areas in view of high tension following the suicide of an activist of Sangharsh Samiti, the organisation spearheading the agitation against revocation of land transfer to the Amarnath shrine board. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC were imposed in Kathua, Samba and Udhampur towns, a senior police officer said. Violent protests broke out after the Samiti activist Kuldeep Kumar while participating in a chain hunger strike over the issue swallowed poison and died yesterday. Thousands of protestors assembled at the Bishnah town of Samba district where Kumar's body was being cremated. They seized the half-burnt body and put it on the Jammu-Pathankote highway.