Curfew was lifted from Kishtwar town after 12-day after a joint meeting with representatives of both the communities with the district administration. However, the meeting was boycotted by though by BJP, Sanatan Dharm Sabha and Panthers Party.
People from both communities also took out a peace march and shops were opened. “Day curfew has been lifted as of now and it will be lifted totally after assessing the situation. The army would be pulled out gradually,” divisional commissioner Shantmanu, who is in Kishtwar,told HT.
The curfew was imposed on Aug 9-Eid- after violent clashes which left three people dead and more than 100 shops were torched.
An all party delegation headed by cabinet minister Taj Mohi-ud-din and comprising of senior National Conference leader Devinder Rana, BJP MLA Ashok Khajuria and Panthers Party MLA Balwant Mankotia had held meeting with both the communities.
Panthers Party boycotted the meeting last night alleging that government in a hurry to lift the curfew is imposing its solution and is not conceding to the demands.
BJP members left Kishtwar on Wednesday morning taking exception to the news report quoting DIG Kishtwar-Doda AshkoorWani that Varinder Kumar, the mastermind of clashes, has been arrested and also its major demand of removal of police officials and institution of CBI inquiry had not been conceded.
With the boycott of major and important political parties of Jammu region-who had together won 14-seats in the last assembly elections- the district administration and members of other political parties, made some representative minority community to come to the table for joint meeting of both meeting.
After the meeting, a peace march of about 500 people was taken out and shops were opened up.
The government had released Rs 5 crores to the department of revenue, relief and rehabliation for the purpose of providing ex-gratia relief to the victims of riots and for people whose properties have been damaged.
“We had assured administration that there will be no violence from our side but even then it refused to accept our demands after which we boycotted the meeting.
We will chalk out our strategy very shorty,” said Hans Raj, convener Santan Dharma Sabha, Kishtwar. After violence in Kishtwar, curfew was imposed in 14 towns of 10-districts of Jammu for four days.