Jammu: The Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti (SASS) on Monday started its three-day 'jail bharo andolan' as authorities lifted curfew in Kishtwar, Jammu and Udhampur districts and relaxed it for nine hours in Samba district.
Intensifying their struggle for restoration of nearly 100 acres of land to Amarnath shrine board, thousands of protestors on Monday courted arrest after holding demonstrations in front of police stations in the Jammu region.
The protestors raised slogans of "bam bam bholay" and marched to police stations as the protest got underway.
Police took them to schools and stadiums in vehicles. Reports from Udhampur said that police resorted to lathicharge and burst teargas shells to disperse the protestors. Reports of agitators courting arrest also poured in from Kathua, Samba and R S Pura.
Over one lakh people demanding transfer of nearly 100 acres of land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) and recall of Governor N N Vohra are likely to court arrest during the three-day 'jail bharo andolan,' said SASS spokesman Narinder Singh.
Meanwhile, police said curfew was relaxed from on Monday 5 am to 8 pm in Kishtwar, Jammu and Udhampur districts. "
In Kishtwar, which witnessed violence last week, there was no untoward incident and curfew has been relaxed for the day. However, tension is still high," Deputy Commissioner Sudershan Kumar Sharma said.
Samba and Jammu have been under curfew for the past 18 days while Udhampur has been facing curfew restrictions for the past 13 days. In Samba, the curfew was relaxed today from 5 am to 2 pm.