One Killed In Jammu Firing

6 August 2008

Jammu: Violence in the Jammu region over the Amarnath transfer row escalated on Wednesday with protestors targeting an Army convoy prompting the security forces to open fire in which one person was killed while the office of a Tehsildar was also set ablaze. With Jammu on the edge, eight members of the Amarnath shrine board resigned to help reconstitution of the board as a possible way out to resolve the impasse over the land transfer issue. Curfew was violated by protestors in several places in the Jammu region while several agitated people waded through the Tawi river to enter Jammu town where Army was deployed in sensitive places. Eighteen people were injured in fresh incidents of violence in Jammu and Kathua districts. The Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti (SASS), which is spearheading the ongoing agitation,refused to budge from its position and said it will settle for nothing less than revocation of the government's order cancelling transfer of nearly 100 acres of land to the Shrine board. An official spokesman said protestors stopped an army convoy escorting supplies to the valley at Palli mode, 10 kms from Kathua town on the Jammu-Pathankot highway. They indulged in stone throwing on the vehicles, he said, adding the army opened fire in which one person was killed and another injured. A Defence spokesman Lt Col S D Goswami said the army acted to maintain law and order on magisterial orders. Angry protestors also attempted to attack the residence of former minister and PDP leader Manjit Singh in Jammu town but were dispersed after police swung into action. In another incident in Jammu, protestors entered the office of a Tehsildar at Nagrota ,about 12 kms from here, and set it ablaze in which one policeman was injured, the spokesman said.