PM calls all-party meeting on Amarnath issue

Last Updated: Mon, Aug 04, 2008 17:02 hrs

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has convened an all-party meeting on Wednesday on the worsening situation in Jammu where agitation over the issue of transferring land to the Amarnath temple trust has led to violent clashes and curfew in several towns for several weeks.

Meanwhile, a high-level Central Government team arrived in Jammu to make an assessment of the situation on the directions of the Prime Minister's Office.

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Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta and Defence Secretary Vijay Singh held detailed discussions over the situation in Jammu, where the people have been defying curfews, army flag marches and even police firing to hold demonstrations to demand that land be restored to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.

The protests in Jammu region have left seven people dead and several hundreds injured, and life was paralysed amid curfews and shutdowns.

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