Ladakh UT Status: Kargil Suspends Stir

A protest rally in Kargil on Thursday (Photo courtesy: Facebook)

KARGIL – Life returned to normal on Friday in this border district of Ladakh Union Territory (UT) after remaining crippled due to strike for three days.

Black-day was observed in Kar­gil district on Thursday, when R K Mathur took oath of office as first Lt Governor of the UT Ladakh at Leh.

A delegation of Kargil present­ed a memorandum to Mr Mathur immediately after he assumed of­fice as Lt Governor yesterday. Ac­cording to delegation members, Lt Governor assured them that he will look into their demands.

“We are suspending our agitation for some times to allow smooth conduct of class 4th interviews in the district,” the sponsors of the Kargil agitation said on Friday.

They threatened that if their demands are not met, the agita­tion will be further intensified.

Shops and business establish­ments reopened this morning and traffic was also plying normally after remaining suspended for three consecutive days.

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Kargil, heading the agi­tation had called for a three-day strike from October 29 alleging that assurance given by then Gov­ernor Satya Pal Malik and state Chief Secretary about 14 point demands were not fulfilled so far. Secretary JAC Kargil Nasir Hussain Munshi alleged that assurance giv­en to people of Kargil district were not fulfilled by the government.

When divisional status was granted to Ladakh region, people of Kargil voiced their concern and wanted to re­main with the Kashmir valley. However, protest was withdrawn after it was agreed that Divisional Commissioner will stay for six months each on ro­tational basis at Leh and Kargil.

He said after the UT was announced for Ladakh, people of Kargil again hit the streets demanding justice as it was announced that Lt Governor and other senior top bureaucrats will function from Leh. It was only after Mr Malik and Chief secre­tary visited Kargil and met JAC and other repre­sentatives, a 14 charter of demands was presented before them. Governor agreed to immediately ad­dress the grievances which are within the jurisdic­tion of state and approach centre to resolve other demands of the JAC before October 31st, Munshi claimed.

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