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Protesters defy curfew in Jammu

Defying curfew, protesters take out rallies and clash with police as the stir over the Amarnath land revocation row in Jammu region shows no signs of abating.

india Updated: Jul 27, 2008 14:34 IST

Defying curfew, protesters on Sunday took out rallies, clashed with police and burnt tyres as the stir over the Amarnath land revocation row in Jammu region showed no signs of abating.

Demanding removal of Governor NN Vohra and chanting anti-Ghulam Nabi Azad government slogans, a large number of people hit the streets in defiance of curfew orders.

Over 200 protesters assembled at the Jammu-Poonch highway at Domana and burnt tyres and effigies of Vohra and National Conference chief Omar Abdullah, official sources said.

Holding black flags, demonstrators staged protests at several places and clashed with police, they said.

A protest march on two-wheelers was also held at Jagar Kotli on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the sources said.

Additional companies of Rapid Action Force were deployed in violence-hit areas to ward off any untoward incident. Cufew was clamped on the Jammu city and adjoining areas midnight last night after large-scale violence left over 70 people, including 20 policemen, injured.

As tension ran high in the wake up of stepped-up violence, authorities arrested 30 political and religious leaders.
Shri Amarnath Sangrash Samiti, a conglomeration of 35 political, social and religious outfits, had launched the agitation in the region on June 30.

Its main demands included restoration of the land to the Amarnath Shrine Board and removal of the Governor.

The protest over the land row flared up on Wednesday when a Hindu activist allegedly committed suicide, saying he was snuffing out his life for the cause.