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Hurriyat (G) committee begins drill against SASB
SRINAGAR, Nov 19: The Hurriyat Conference (G) today kick started its “public contact” programme against the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).

To begin with, the five member committee interacted with several traders in the old city, making them aware about the situation and seeking their suggestions on the possible course of action.

“In the first phase today the committee interacted with several prominent traders and businessmen in the old city,” the spokesman of the conglomerate revealed in a press statement issued here.

The conglomerate has been accusing the state government of controversially undertaking the work on the road widening and infrastructure building around the Amarnath Cave Shrine. It is demanding dissolution of SASB, which, it says, has turned into a “state within state”, besides asking for reduction in the number of yatris, duration of the yatra.

While the state has been refuting allegations and maintaining silence over the demands, the conglomerate constituted the committee to seek suggestions from the civil society over the issue. And based on the report of the committee, it is expected to chalk out the future course of action against SASB and the construction work.

The committee, according to the spokesman, informed the traders about the possible implications of the “rising authority of SASB and the construction around the Amarnath Cave.”

“The traders agreed with the views of the committee, and put forth several suggestions. They (traders) hailed the concept of contacting people before chalking out any programme,” the spokesman said.

In the coming months, the committee is likely to meet academicians, lawyers, journalists, doctors and columnists.

SASB was a cause of major unrest in 2008 when the then state government transferred forest land to it. The agitation against the move lasted for several months, killing around 70 people.

The government is clearly taking seriously the threats of agitation given by the Hurriyat Conference (G). Immediately after conglomerate went public with the allegations of construction around the cave, the government took scribes on an aerial survey of the site, intending to prove the conglomerate wrong. Subsequently, the police disallowed a seminar called by the Hurriyat Conference (G) over the issue.

News Updated at : Monday, November 19, 2012
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