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Chronology of Amarnath agitation in J&K

india Updated: Aug 31, 2008 19:38 IST

Following is the chronology of events related to the 64-day agitation over Amarnath land transfer row:

June 17

: Two month long annual Amarnath pilgrimage begins.

June 22

: Protests start in Ganderbal and spread to many parts of the Kashmir valley in protest against allotment of 800 kanals forest land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).

June 25

: Counter protests begin in Jammu against Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and separatists.

June 26

: PDP threatens to quit government. Omar Abdullah asks SASB to return Baltal land on its own.

June 28:

PDP withdraws support to Azad-led coalition government. Nine party ministers hand over resignations to the then chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

June 29

: PDP ministers' resignations accepted. Governor N N Vohra revokes land allotment to SASB. Protests end in valley.

June 29:

Protests, bandh begin in Jammu against cancellation of land allotment to SASB. Bandh extended for 72 hours thrice.

July 1

: Curfew is imposed in Jammu after violence. Police opens firing on protesters.

July 7

: Azad resigns as chief minister without facing confidence vote.

July 8

: Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangarsh Samiti (SAYSS), is constituted to spearhead agitation for restoration of land to SASB. SAYSS suspends bandh for a week in the aftermath of Azad government's fall but decides to go ahead with other agitational programmes.

July 16

: Jammu observes bandh again for a day.

July 23:

A youth Kuldeep Dogra ends his life by allegedly consuming poison at the dharna venue of Sangarsh Samiti at Parade chowk, triggering fresh protests. An indefinite bandh begins in the Jammu region.

July 24

: Massive anti-administration protests rock Jammu as police attempts to cremate the body of Dogra before sunrise in Bishnah allegedly using liquor and tyres.

July 29

: Another civilian tries to end life by consuming poison at Samba in support of the agitation.

August 1

: Army is called out in Jammu and Samba districts and curfew is imposed after two casualties in the firing at Samba. Many offices are burnt and damaged.

August 2

: Curfew is imposed in Udhampur too. Army is deployed on the highways for safe movement of truckers as people continue to block highway to stop trucks plying to and fro Srinagar.

August 3

: Rajouri, Bhaderwah are brought under curfew after communal violence.

August 4

: Two killed and 18 are injured in police firing at Samba town.

August 6

: Army opens fire at Palli, Kathua. One protester is killed. Prime Minister chairs all party meeting in New Delhi on Amarnath row.

August 8

: An all party delegation reaches Jammu. Samiti leaders meet delegation after Farooq Abdullah, Saif-ud-Din Soz and Mehbooba Mufti withdrew themselves from the delegation in Jammu.

August 9

: Two killed and 80 are injured as communal violence erupts in Kishtwar.

August 14

: A retired doctor in Hiranagar ends his life on the 23rd day of successive bandh.

August 18-20

: Three day Jail Bharo Andolan of the Samiti draws massive response. Lakhs of people including women and children offer court arrest. Violence breaks out at Janipura, Rehari, Akhnoor and Gandhi Nagar on the last day of Jail Bharo Andolan.

August 21

: Mob gherao veteran congress leader and former Deputy chief minister Mangat Ram Sharma at Bhagwati Nagar, canal road but is rescued by police.

August 22

: Curfew is clamped and the army is called out in Hiranagar town as mob protest the arrest of a youth.

August 23

: Communal violence sparks off in Poonch; curfew is imposed and army is called out. A youth Dalip Kumar's detention under Public Safety Act (PSA) in Kathua sparks off protests in Hiranagar.

Three rounds of talks are held between governor's panel and SAYSS but the dialogue remain inconclusive as government buys time on Samiti's reservations.

August 24

: Samiti extends Jammu bandh upto August 31. Another youth attempts suicide in Bishnah in support of agitation. Congress leader Mangat Ram Sharma says governor Vohra's recall is not their demand.

August 25

: Violence again erupts in Jammu and Kathua districts on complete chakka jaam call and self imposed curfew in Jammu region.

District administration orders detention of Swami Dinesh Bharti, under Public Safety Act (PSA). Swami, however, remains underground.

August 27

: Sangarsh Samiti cancels rally at Paprade ground as militants strike at Chinore. Eleven persons including three fidayeens are killed at Chinore.

August 28

: Agitation in Jammu completes two months as bandh enters 37th consecutive day. Talks between SAYSS and government's panel are deferred. Congress leader Mangat Ram Sharma supports Samiti.

August 29

: Sangarsh Samiti expresses doubts over the seriousness of the government over the issue as official delegation do not turn up for talks.

August 30

: Government panel and Sangarsh Samiti meet for the fourth round of talks and ink an agreement.

August 31

: 40 hectares of land are granted to Board for exclusive use during yatra period. Samiti calls off agitation.