Talks On To Resolve Amarnath Land Row

30 July 2008

Jammu: High-level talks were held today between top Jammu and Kashmir government officials and leaders of the BJP and other saffron organisations to find an amicable solution to the lingering Amarnath land row. DGP Kuldeep Khuda and Principal Secretary (Home) Anil Goswami separately met leaders of the BJP and the Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti, which are spearheading the stir in Jammu region, official sources told PTI. The BJP leaders included three MPs - S S Ahluwalia, Davinder Singh and R P Singh, state party chief Ashok Khajuria and Jammu Mayor Kavinder Gupta. Khuda and Goswami appealed to them to call off their stir and come to the negotiationg table for finding a lasting solution to the land issue, the sources said. The BJP leaders turned down the request saying it was for the Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti, an amalgam of 35 political, social and religious outfits, to take a decision in this regard. At the meeting, the BJP leaders accused Jammu Police of high-handedness and demanded transfer of IGP K Rajendra, the sources said. The two state government officials also met Sangharsh Samiti leaders, including its chief Leela Karan Sharma, and Jammu Bar Association head B S Salathia and urged them to call off their agitation. The sources said the Sangharsh Samiti agreed to hold further discussions to resolve the issue but was firm on its stand on restoration of land to the Amarnath Shrine Board and removal of Governor N N Vohra. The leaders said the agitation would contine till their demands were met.