Govt to withdraw 2008 land row FIRs


Under pressure from various political parties and organizations including ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and categorical direction from Governor NN Vohra, the State Government has formally set the process in motion for review of First Information Reports (FIRs) registered in Jammu during 2008 AmarnathJi land row agitation and has decided to withdraw majority of them barring few, which are of "serious nature". The Government has also started detailed review of other conditions of the Agreement reached between Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra Sangarsh Samiti and then Government i.e. the Advisors of Governor NN Vohra, on August 31, 2008 and Government has taken directions of the Governor very seriously and would try to implement whatever was possible since the agreement was signed nearly a decade ago. Administration has called record of all FIRs registered during the 2008 land row agitation in Jammu region and was examining it. While some of the FIRs have been challaned, few others were still pending. The Government has asked the police administration to examine how many FIRs can be withdrawn.
Thirteen people were killed and scores of others were injured during two-month long agitation in Jammu in July and August 2008 in support of land allotment to Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine. Police had registered number of FIRs against the youth at various police stations of Jammu region including those of stone pelting, destruction of property etc. The agitation had ended on August 31, 2008 after the signing of agreement between Shri Amarnath Ji Sangarsh Samiti and then Advisors to Governor NN Vohra, who had just taken over as the Governor then and the State was brought under the spell of Governor's Rule following withdrawal of support to GhulamNabi Azad Government by the People's Democratic Party (PDP). They added that regarding remaining parts of the Agreement the including payment of ex-gratia to the next of kin of deceased, creation of corpus of Rs 1 crore for creating job opportunities in the private sector for one member of the bereaved families and those who had been disabled during the course of agitation etc, the Government was working on various options. As the Government, which remained in power during the last 10 years, first National Conference and Congress coalition headed by Omar Abdullah and now the PDP-BJP coalition, made no efforts to implement the Agreement, NN Vohra, who was also the Governor during signing of the agreement and all powers were vested with him in the Governor rule, had called Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Hemant Sharma and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr SD Singh Jamwal at the Raj Bhawan on April 4 along with representatives of the Sangarsh Samiti and directed the authorities to submit him compliance report of the Agreement by April 24.

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