Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Amarnath Land Affair: TOK summarizes

TOK summarizes:


The allotment of 100 (official) acres of forest land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board by Ghulam Nabi Azad—led government has snowballed into a major conflict here. On May 26, the state cabinet alloted the land to SASB for developing Amarnath colony. Wasting no time, SASB even started construction of of huts on the land. All this despite a Court order stating that governments cant divert forest land for non-forest use.

Following this a mass agitation has erupted in many parts of Kashmir led by the separatist groups. However, Syed Ali Geelani said that they were not against Hindu religion or Amarnath Yatra, but against the cultural and political aggression of India on Kashmir. He added that earlier Amarnath yatra was a 15 day affair whereas now it extends to more than 2 months. Syed Geelani, who is under house arrest with many more leaders termed his house arrest as frustration of the government. Advocate Mian Qayoom, who is leading the newly formed Action committee Against Land Transfer (ACALT) was also put under house arrest.

To protest against the “move in Kashmir”, Rama Kant Dubay today said they will disrupt Hajj if the agitation over forest land was not stopped immediately. He said, “ If fundamental groups try to disrupt Amarnath piligrimage of Amarnath by attacking devotess any more, the VHP (Vishwe Hindu Prishad) will not allow Hajis to fly over Jammu, besides disrupting their presence in other religious places in the country”. The Greater Kashmir carried a picture of VHP traninig sessions in Jammu for Women Activists where armed training is being given to Hindu folk. I dont imagine that ae worried about the security of the country and are traning people for national interest. Well, why is religious training allowed for only VHP and not the other religious institutions.

Meanwhile our beloved chief minister thinks its a policy of the PDP to disrupt the harmony among people.

The Lasker-eToiba outfit on Wednesday condemned the use of force on the people protesting against the transfer of Land. The spokesman, Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi quoting the outfit's chief, Qari Abdul Wahid said, “ There is a complete jungle raj in the state. Those who resent the protests against land transfer should first construct the Babri Masjid. They should not teach lessons of communal harmony”

The protests were reddened by the deaths of two teenagers . The police opened fire to disperse a crowd. Eye witnesses said the police barged into a residential house and fired upon a local who died on the spot.


Alec smart said: "Why did the policemen throw stones back at the youth?"

I said: "Maybe because they ran out of bullets"