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SASB gets right to use land temporarily

india Updated: Aug 31, 2008 12:56 IST

The 61-day old agitation in Jammu region on the Amarnath land row ended in Jammu in the wee hours of Sunday following the signing of an agreement between the group leading the agitation and the Jammu and Kashmir Governor- appointed panel, under which the shrine board would be making temporary use of 40-hectares of land during the yatra period.

The agreement was arrived after a six-hour-long fourth round of talks between the Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti(SASS) and the four-member panel of the state government, under which the protesting group decided to suspend their agitation as the Government has agreed for temporary use of the land by the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.

"We have suspended the agitation for the time being and not called it off, as some of our demands are yet to be met," Samiti's convenor Leela Karan Sharma said after the meeting.

The government has agreed to set aside 800 kanals of land at Baltal and Domail without any payment. However, the ownership of the forest land shall not undergo any change.

The agreement was signed by SS Bleoria on behalf of the government and Sharma on behalf of the Samiti.

The Shrine Board will continue discharge its responsibilities as per the act and it shall supervise all arrangements of yatra with the support of the state Government, according to the agreement.