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Indefinite curfew continues for 2nd day in Kishtwar

india Updated: Aug 10, 2013 18:10 IST

Curfew remained in force in Kishtwar district on Saturday, which witnessed violent communal clashes that left two persons dead and 20 injured a day ago.

"Curfew is on for second day in Kishtwar. After deployment of Army, the situation has normalised but the area is still tense,” divisional commissioner, Jammu region, Shantmanu said.

Clashes between two communities had left two persons dead and at least 20 injured in district on Friday following which the Army was called in to assist the local administration in maintaining law and order.

The trouble in Kishtwar, 226 km from Jammu, erupted after a group of people raised anti-national slogans after Eid prayers.

"There was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the district today," officials said, adding a bandh was being observed in some parts.
Meanwhile, Baseer Ahmed Khan took charge as deputy commissioner of Kishtwar district after DC Mohmad Saleem and SSP Sunil Gupta were shunted out in wake of the clashes.

Gupta was shifted to the DGP's office and Sanjay Kumar Kotwal has been transferred in his place. Jammu and Kashmir government has also ordered a high-level inquiry into the clashes.

"It is hereby ordered that Jammu divisional commissioner Shant Manu is appointed to inquire into the incidents of violence and arson and the consequent loss of life and property that took place in Kishtwar," general administration department secretary MA Bukhari had said in his order. The probe will be finished in three weeks’ time.

"Nobody would be allowed to go scot free," state PHE and irrigation minister Sham Lal Sharma has said. "There is a need to conduct a probe into the incident. There is communal polarisation in the entire state," he had said.

The state government announced ex gratia relief for the next of kin of the slain persons. More than 80 shops, a petrol pump, an oil tanker, some vehicles of the state police and the fire services department, in addition to government properties, were torched on Friday.