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Normal life affected in Jammu due to bandh

Normal life remains affected in most parts of Jammu due to a bandh called by the group agitating for restoration of land to Amarnath Shrine Board.

india Updated: Aug 30, 2008 15:54 IST

Normal life remained affected in most parts of Jammu on Saturday due to a bandh called by the group agitating for restoration of land to Amarnath Shrine Board, while curfew continued for the eighth day in border town of Poonch.

On July 1, the government revoked an order transferring land to the Board which sparked bandhs and violent protests in the Jammu region.

The intensity of protests, however, reduced after negotiation between government and Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangarsh Samiti (SAYSS), spearheading the agitation, started on August 23.

Shops, markets, commercial establishments remained closed and private and public transport were also off the roads. The attendance in government offices was thin due to non-availability of transport and educational institutions also remained closed.

Some protest rallies were held in Rajouri, Udhampur, Kathua and Sundebani last evening, official sources said.

In Udhampur district, a 19-year boy Rakeshwar Singh attempted suicide by consuming some poisonous substance on Friday. His family claimed he was upset over the Amarnath land issue.

Singh was admitted to government medical college hospital in Jammu last evening, officials said, adding that the youth was responding to the treatment.

Meanwhile, curfew remained clamped in Poonch town where it was imposed on August 23. It was relaxed yesterday for two hours from 1700 hours.

In Kishtwar, night curfew continued as a precautionary measure. Curfew was imposed in the town after communal clashes broke out on August 12 in which two persons were killed and several injured.