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PM may step in to douse Kashmir fire

PM Manmohan Singh may finally intervene and talk directly to the protesting groups in Jammu and Kashmir to restore peace in both the regions.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2008 11:44 IST
HT Correspondents

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may finally intervene and talk directly to the protesting groups in Jammu and Kashmir to restore peace in both the regions.

Singh has been meeting a number of political leaders from both places in the past two days, while also sending National Security Advisor M. K. Narayanan to the troubled state on Wednesday to assess the situation. Some of these leaders strongly suggested he take a personal initiative in the matter.

On Wednesday, protests, accompanied by sporadic violence, continued across Jammu, with over 60 people being injured, even as the Kashmir valley remained relatively calm for the second successive day.

The Shri Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti, leading the agitation in Jammu, wants the 100 acres of land at Baltal which was in the process of being transferred to the Sri Amarnath Shrine Board that manages the affairs of the Amarnath cave temple, but was later held back by the state government, be handed to the board once again.

While in some spots mobs grew violent and stoned policemen, huge crowds sat on peaceful dharna at others.