Internet services suspended in curfew-bound Rajouri, communal clash averted

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Jul 22, 2015 18:36 IST

Internet services have been suspended in Rajouri town, 150km from Jammu, even as curfew continued for the second consecutive day after clashes between Muslim protesters and police on Tuesday. The protesters were demanding the arrest of Hindu right wing activists who burnt an IS flag that had a verse from the Quran printed on it.

Though a communal clash was averted, the authorities were taking no chances. "The curfew is continuing. The decision to revoke it will be taken after reviewing the situation later," Rajouri SSP Haseeb Mughal said on Wednesday.

The authorities suspended the internet services on Tuesday evening though there was no official communication issued.

The curfew was imposed after the three-hour-long clashes between the protesters and the police on Tuesday. The army is on alert. It had staged a flag march on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Vishwa Hindu Parishad leaders apologised for the burning of the flag, saying the activists were not aware that it carried a holy verse.

Senior members of the Muslim and Hindu communities met and the apology was accepted. But some members of the Muslim community rejected their seniors' decision and announced a bandh in support of their demand for the arrest of those who had burnt the flag.

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