Sunday, August 11, 2013

Kishtwar violence: Curfew imposed in Udhampur; situation tense in Jammu and Kashmir

11 Aug, 2013(7STARNEWS)JAMMU: Curfew was today clamped in three more districts of Udhampur, Samba and Kathua in Jammu region and Army staged flag marches as tension prevailed following outbreak of communal violence in Kishtwar on Friday that left two persons dead and scores of others injured.

While Kistwar remained curfew bound for the third consecutive day today, curfew was imposed in Jammu and Rajouri districts and Army called out after some incidents of arson and violence last night.

Curfew was today extended to Udhampur, Samba and Kathua along with Bhaderwah town in Doda, thus affecting seven out of 10 districts of Jammu region.

\"Curfew has been imposed in Udhampur, Kathua and Samba districts today as a precautionary measure and Army has also been deployed in the areas to assist local administration\", Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Shantmanu told PTI.

\"The situation is tense but under control. There are no reports of any untoward incident today. Army has staged flag marches in several areas,\" he said.

The SPs of Udhampur, Kathua and Samba districts are monitoring the situation round-the clock.

Pathankote-Jammu-Srinagar highway, which is the only surface link between Kashmir and rest of the country is being kept open by the authorities amid deployment of additional forces.

Restrictions have been imposed on assembly of people in areas other than under curfew, police said.

Authorities imposed curfew and deployed army in the Jammu and Rajouri districts last night after some incidents of arson and communal tension.

\"Army staged a flag march and took control of the winter capital city during midnight. The situation was brought under control,\" police officials said, adding that there were clashes between police and protestors, who turned violated and tried to set afire some shops.

Additional forces were deployed in sensitive areas to avert any untoward incident, they said.

In Rajouri, curfew was imposed after incidents of stone- pelting and protests triggered communal tension in border town.

Three persons were injured in an incident of firing yesterday in Kishtwar district which witnessed stray incidents of stone pelting.

Jammu bandh was extended by 48 hours by BJP and other organisation yesterday in support of the demand for sacking of Minister of State for Home Sajjad Kitchloo.

J&K Government ordered a high level probe into communal clashes in Kishtwar and DC and SSP were removed for failure of control and command.

Jammu and Kashmir unit of Congress has asked the state government to set up an independent commission of inquiry to probe the causes behind the violence in Kishtwar.

\"Only by holding people accountable and understanding the reasons for communal tensions can we hope to prevent such incidents in the future,\" J&K Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Saif-Uddin-Soz said in statement here.
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