PM: J&K situation still fragile
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  • Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh stated that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of Amarnath land row was still fragile. He was speaking at the two-day Governor’s Conference which began in New Delhi on September 17. Dr. Singh noted that the controversy relating to the temporary allotment of land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board and the prolonged violence triggered by it had offset some of the gains made by the state in recent times1.

    Four security forces personnel were killed and another wounded in an encounter with militants in Poonch district on September 142. Three militants, including a ‘district commander’ of Hizbul Mujahideen, were gunned down by the security forces in two separate encounters in Ramban district and in Poonch district3. In other developments, on September 19, fifty people including a senior Central Reserve Police Force officer and 19 policemen were wounded as pro-freedom agitators clashed with the police in different parts of Srinagar4.