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Curfew in Kishtwar amid fresh clashes

india Updated: Aug 10, 2013 21:39 IST
Navneet Dubey

Curfew continued for the second day after Friday's communal violence in Kishtwar even as three people were injured in fresh violence on Saturday amid a complete bandh in the Jammu region.

In Jammu city, 15 people and some police personnel were injured in the clashes, while the minority community refused to hold talks with the administration.

The toll in Friday's communal violence has gone up to two, with one person from the majority community succumbing to injuries.

The Kishtwar deputy commissioner and SSP were shifted late on Friday and new officials appointed.
On Saturday, in Paddar, 60 km from Kishtwar town, where Hindus are in majority, the two communities clashed again early on Saturday. The clashes continued for some time in the absence of adequate police forces, and the situation was controlled after additional forces were rushed in.

"Three people were injured. A helicopter was sent to airlift them but it couldn't land due to bad weather. They have been brought to the district hospital. In the rest of the division, the situation was normal barring few incidents of violence," said the Jammu divisional commissioner.

According to reports, nearly 3,000 people, defying curfew orders, attended the funeral of Arvind Kumar, who had died in Friday's firing. Basheer Ahmad, 50, who also died on Friday evening, was buried.

A flag march by the army was taken out for the second day in the town, where additional deployment of state and paramilitary forces were made late on Friday.

In Jammu city, and seven other districts of the division, barring Poonch, a complete bandh was observed against the violence in Kishtwar.

Road, rail traffic hit

Traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar highway was suspended till evening by the administration and train services were also disrupted by protesters in Kathua, 60 km south of Jammu.

In Jammu city, protesters clashed with police at many places. They were demanding the immediate removal of J&K minister of state for home Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo. Lawyers also staged a protest.
The call for the bandh was given by the BJP, the chamber of commerce and the bar association of Jammu.

The district administration had already announced the closure of educational institutions for Saturday.