Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board gets land, protest ends

Posted on September 2, 2008. Filed under: Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

An agreement between a government panel led by Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, N. N. Vohra and a conglomerate of Hindu groups gave exclusive rights to Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board on forest land at Baltal for use during pilgrimage season. According to the agreement, the state government will set aside land at Baltal and Domail comprising 800 kanal for exclusive use by Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board during the Amarnath yatra, while making it clear the land’s proprietary status shall not undergo any change. Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board will now be able to allow the use of the forest land while pilgrimage is on, by various service providers. The period for which the land will be under the board will include the time required for erecting and dismantling the temporary infrastructure for the yatra.

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said “The move to allow land use disrespects popular sentiments in Kashmir.” The Hurriyat Conference rejected the accord by saying it dosen’t concern Kashmiris who want “azadi”. BJP expressed satisfaction over the deal. L.K. Advani said he had written to the PM that “this is not a Hindu versus Muslim issue; this is not Jammu versus Valley issue. It is surrender to the pressure of separatists.” Shri Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti convener Leela Karan Sharma said if the state or centre deviated from the agreement, the Shri Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti would once again launch an agitation

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