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Amarnath land row: chronology

india Updated: Aug 18, 2008 20:45 IST

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The trouble started in Jammu & Kashmir on May 26 after the Congress-led Govt decides to transfer 100 acres of forestland to the Amarnath Shrine Board.
August 11
Leaders of the all party delegation who visited Jammu and Srinagar to find a solution to the Amarnath land row fail to arrive at a consensus to resolve the vexed issue and will meet again on August 12.
A prominent Hurriyat leader was killed in police firing, which claimed a total of four lives and curfew quickly imposed in Srinagar after a protest march by separatists and others in an attempt to cross the Line of Control against the "economic blockade" turned violent.
August 10
Home Minister Shivraj Patil chairs an all-party meeting on the Amarnath land issue in Srinagar.
August 9
The 18-member all-party delegation headed by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil arrives in Jammu to review the situation following recent violent protests but Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti (SASS), which is leading the agitation over land transfer issue, refuses to hold talks with the team members.
August 8
The Amarnath Yatra Sangarsh Samiti calls for extending the general shutdown of the Jammu region till August 14.
August 6
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh holds an all-party meet to bring an end standoff.
August 4
Three people were killed in Kashmir when police opened fire on different groups of protesters.
After this protests over revocation of land transfer gather force in Jammu region. As the protests turned violent and the region got paralysed due to protests and highway to the Valley were cut off, Centre calls an all-party meet to resolve the vexed issue.
July 11
Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who resigned on July 7, leaves office. Governor's rule in state.
July 1
State cabinet revokes land transfer order. Section 144 imposed in Jammu.
June 28
PDP pulls out opposing the land transfer, reducing the Ghulam Nabi Azad government in the state into a minority.
June 25
Tenure of Jammu and Kashmir Governor SK Sinha ends. NN Vohra replaces him as Governor. Governor SK Sinha was at the centre of accusations over the land transfer.
How the protests gained momentum
Environmentalists expressed concern over this decison initially. Later the politicians in the Valley, both mainstream and separatist, objected to the decison on the ground that the state's autonomy was in danger. Later during protests, six people were killed in police firing in Srinagar. Protests grow in strength and becomes more violent in the Valley. Counter protests take place in Jammu over the Amarnath land issue and communal divide deepens.