'Amarnath row to be resolved peacefully'
Asserting the importance of communal harmony, Home Minister Shivraj Patil says the land row will be resolved in a manner that its does not hurt sentiments of people of either Jammu or Kashmir regions.india Updated: Aug 11, 2008 18:14 IST
Asserting that communal harmony will not be allowed to be disturbed, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Sunday said the Amarnath land row will be resolved in a manner that its does not hurt either people of Jammu or Kashmir regions.
"We will have to seek how to deal with the (Amarnath) land issue. We will definitely make efforts that it is resolved in a manner which does not hurt (the sentiments) of people of Jammu as well as people of Kashmir," Patil told reporters after chairing a nearly three-hour long all party meeting in Srinagar.
He said the Amarnath yatra should go on as before. "The Prime Minister has also said that it should continue (as in the past)."
Patil said the all parties at the meet felt that communal harmony should not be disturbed.
"There should be no communalisation of the situation. There have been some incidents but we will tackle these," he added.
He said talks to resolve the Amarnath land row would be held with whoever it is necessary in Jammu as well as Kashmir.
The minister urged the media to be sensitive in reporting the events taking place in the state. "Media can also make mistakes. We request you to see what is covered is fact and done in a manner that it does not hurt sentiments (of people)."
Patil announced a slew of measures in a bid to please people on either side of the divide created by the Amarnath land controversy in Jammu and Kashmir.
"We will compensate the victims of violence ... We will compensate the near and dear ones of those who have been killed," he said, adding those who have suffered grievous injuries will also be compensated.