Curfew was relaxed for two hours in the Rajouri town on Thursday. The internet services, however, remain suspended for the third consecutive day.
The decision to ease curfew hours was taken after representatives of Hindi and Muslim communities held a joint meeting with the district administration. Members of both communities had earlier held separate meetings with the district administration.
“We will decide on lifting curfew completely or in a phased manner on Friday,” said Rajouri senior superintendent of police (SSP) Haseeb Mughal.
Tension had gripped Rajouri after protesters clashed with police demanding the arrest of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal activists, who had burnt an Islamic State (IS) flag with a verse from the Quran on it.
Leaders of both communities told the district administration that people who fomented trouble should be identified and an action should be taken against them.
“We will identify the culprits and strict action would be initiated against them. A report will be send to the government in 15 days,” said Rajouri deputy commissioner Deepti Uppal.