6 hurt in fresh violence in Poonch
At least six persons were injured as communal violence rocked Jammu and Kashmir's curfew-bound Poonch border district with some shops and vehicles being set afire prompting army to stage flag marches.india Updated: Aug 24, 2008 19:54 IST
At least six persons were injured as communal violence rocked Jammu and Kashmir's curfew-bound Poonch border district on Sunday with some shops and vehicles being set afire prompting army to stage flag marches.
Police said people belonging to a particular community barged into Delaray and Khanetar villages in Poonch and burnt shops and some vehicles and later clashed with members of another community this afternoon.
In another incident, members of a community stopped two Poonch-bound vehicles and set them afire at Bhench village. On hearing the news, members of another community set afire some shops in the areas and clashes followed in which six people were injured, police said.
Members of Village Defence Committee fired in the air and dispersed the warring groups.
IGP (Jammu Zone) K Rajinder and Divisional Commissioner Sudhanshu Panday reviewed the law and order situation in Poonch.
Thirteen shops and seven vehicles were damaged after they were set afire during the clashes, police said.
Meanwhile, curfew entered the second day in Poonch. Army staged flag marches in the violence-hit town, police said, adding the situation is tense but under control.
In the border town of Hiranagar in Kathua district, curfew entered the fourth day today.
Authorities, however, lifted curfew in Jammu, Samba and Udhampur districts of Jammu region in view of the improvement in law-and-order situation.
Vehicular traffic was normal on Jammu-Srinagar national highway only surface link between Kashmir and rest of country, police said.