Following overnight arrest of three accused for their alleged anti-national and criminal activities and subsequent stone pelting on a police station, authorities have clamped curfew in the communally sensitive Kishtwar town, about 240 kms from Jammu early on Sunday.
“Trouble erupted around 1 am on Sunday night when Kishtwar police arrested an imam of Umar Mohalla Masjid, Abdul Qayoom Mattoo and Saif Din under the Public Safety Act (PSA) and another man Firdous Ahmed for raising anti-national slogans and inciting others,” said a local man.
Soon after their arrests, their supporters made an announcement calling for a protest. A group of people including their family members and took to streets demanding the release of the arrested men. They also started pelting stones at the police station.
Kishtwar deputy commissioner, Ghulam Nabi Balwan said, subsequently police had to lathi-charge the protestors.
“It was a mild lathi-charge. No smoke shells were fired. Around 5 am, we imposed curfew in the entire town,” he said.
The DC said that CRPF and SSB personnel have also been deployed.
“There is no tension in the town but we imposed curfew as a precautionary measure,” said Balwan.
The administration may not lift the curfew on Sunday in the interest of law and order, he said.
Post- Burhan Wani’s killing on July 8 , these three accused have been allegedly inciting passions and had become threat to peace in the town.