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At Afghan president’s do, hot topic is Jammu

More anger raged on the streets of J&K on Tuesday — forcing PM Manmohan and Sonia Gandhi to use a presidential banquet to ask for help from Leader of Opposition LK Advani.

india Updated: Aug 06, 2008 01:18 IST
HT Correspondents

More anger raged on the streets of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday — forcing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to use a presidential banquet to ask for help from Leader of Opposition L.K. Advani.

As they toasted to Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s health, the PM and Gandhi went up to Advani, who suggested that the Amarnath Shrine Board be given possession of the 100 acres of land that is at a centre of a growing Hindu-Muslim conflict.

In Jammu, 100 people, including two dozen policemen, were injured in unprecedented mob fury on the eve of an all-party meet called in Delhi. Reports said two policemen were lynched and their posts and vehicles burnt near the Pakistan border.

In Srinagar, at least 18 people, including seven policemen, were injured in fresh clashes. The protests were against the ‘economic blockade’ and attacks on Kashmiris and Muslims in Jammu.