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Kishtwar clashes: govt orders inquiry; transfers DC, SP

india Updated: Aug 10, 2013 09:37 IST

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The Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police of Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district were on Friday night shunted out in the wake of communal violence that left two persons dead there.

Deputy Commissioner Mohd Saleem has been transferred to the General Administration Department and he will be replaced by Basheer Ahmed Khan, official sources said.

SP Sunil Gupta was shifted to the DGP's office and his place has gone to Sanjay Kumar Kotwal, they said.

Clashes between two communities left two people dead and at least 20 injured in Kishtwar district, 250 km from Jammu, where curfew was clamped and Army called in to assist the local administration in maintaining law and order on Friday on Eid-ul-Fitr.

Jammu and Kashmir government also ordered a high-level inquiry into the clashes in which many shops and vehicles were gutted in Kishtwar town, , in clashes.

The clashes broke out in Kuleed area and soon spread in the district, police said, adding the two groups indulged in stone-pelting and arson in which 10 shops were set on fire.

The situation turned ugly when police was fired upon from homes, the sources said, adding a list of Village Defence Committee members was drawn up quickly so that the arms given to them could be withdrawn.

According to the reports, a group of people, raising anti-national slogans after the Eid prayers, was attacked by another section of people in Kuleed area leading to tension.

Curfew has been imposed in the area, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Shant Manu said.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah had directed senior state and civil officials including the Police chief Ashok Prasad and chief secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khandey to rush to the scene and try and control the situation.

His government also ordered a high-level inquiry into the Kishtwar clashes.

"It is hereby ordered that Jammu Divisional Commissioner Shantmanu 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 (GAD) Secretary MA Bukhari said in his order.

"The inquiry officer shall submit his report within a period of three weeks," he said.