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Amarnath land row settlement likely today

The Jammu and Kashmir administration and the Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti were expected to seal a deal on Saturday over the land row raging in the state for more than two months.

india Updated: Aug 29, 2008 23:47 IST
Arun Joshi

The Jammu and Kashmir administration and the Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti were expected to seal a deal on Saturday over the land row raging in the state for more than two months.

The deal envisages giving temporary control of the 100 acres of land to the shrine board for three months a year.

All the details —availability of the land for only three months or its reservation for the board, the nature of temporary facilities for pilgrims and ecology of the area —have been worked out, sources said.

Samiti convenor LK Sharma however is suspicious. “If the final draft is ready, why are they delaying the announcement?” he asked reporters on Friday.

“The objective of our agitation is restoration of the land. If that is done, our demand is met,” he said.

9 officials suspended
In the first sign of tough action against the officials responsible for “inciting communal violence”, the J&K government on Friday suspended nine officials of the state. It has recommended action against six officials working with the central government organisations in Kishtwar district.