In the aftermath of incidents of alleged cow slaughtering and burning of a religious establishment, shut shops finally opened as normalcy returned to Kishtwar town, located approximately 250 km from Jammu on Thursday.
“We are investigating the incidents meticulously and will take strict action against the accused. After extensive meetings with leaders of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Sanatam Dharma, normalcy has returned,” Kishtwar SSP Kishtwar Sandeep Wazir said.
The minority community had observed a bandh on Wednesday after it was alleged that a cow had been slaugthered in a nearby village. The police, however, did not find a carcass.
“I visited the site and inquired about the issue. The locals said that they, too, had heard about the incident but claimed that nothing of the sort happened,” Wazir added.
Also, the district administration has formed a special investigation team (SIT), headed by the SSP, comprising of officials from both the communities to investigate the burning of temple and two houses on Tuesday in the Mughal Maidan area of Chatroo subdivision. The SIT collected samples and sent them to the forensic laboratory at Jammu for testing. The report is expected within a week.
Kishtwar is one of the most communally sensitive towns in the Jammu region. Three people lost their lives in the August 2013 communal clashes, forcing the Omar Abdullah government, in power then, to dismiss its MoS home Sajjad Kitchloo who was also the local MLA.
The BJP had for the first time won this assembly seat in the 2014 assembly elections, which some believe was a result of communal polarisation.