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Army carries out flag marches in Jammu

india Updated: Aug 02, 2008 13:39 IST

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Army troops marched through city streets in the curfew-bound Jammu and Samba districts as tense situation prevailed following violent protests over the Amarnath land controversy.

At least 13 people were injured overnight when protesters demanding restoration of forest land to the Amarnath board burnt several offices and clashed with security forces.

Army personnel conducted flag marches and took positions in several sensitive areas the curfew in the districts enters the second day today, official sources said.

Two people were killed yesterday and several injured as angry Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti supporters clashed with police while trying to ransack the district magistrate's office in Samba.

The agitators defied curfew and also manhandled Deputy Commissioner Saruv Bhagat. They also set several offices on fire after talks between the Samiti and Governor N N Vohra failed.

Reports of unrest also poured in from Hiranagar in Kathua district.

The Governor had proposed an eight-point formula to end a month-long deadlock, which included allowing the Shri Armarnath Shrine Board (SASB) to maintain infrastructure during the yatra period.

But the Samiti remained adamant that the decision to cancel land transfer to the board should be revoked.

Meanwhile, authorities removed SSP Vijay Kumar and posted Prabhat Singh in his place on the directions of Inspector General of Police K Rajendra.