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Curfew imposed in Poonch after communal tension

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jammu, May 23, 2014
First Published: 13:42 IST(23/5/2014) | Last Updated: 18:17 IST(23/5/2014)

Curfew was imposed in Poonch town after clashes took place between two communities on Friday morning. The town was tense since Thursday, after a lady was allegedly beaten and abused by an auto driver of the majority community. The town had observed bandh.

The curfew was imposed as a precautionary measure after members of the minority communities burnt tyres and ransacked public properties.

"Section 144- prohibiting assembly of people and carrying arms - was imposed as a precautionary measure at 10 am on Friday. The district administration is having meeting with leaders of both the communities and situation is likely to improve soon," said Shantmanu, divisional commissioner, Jammu.

The case

On Thursday morning, Rasmeet Kaur, 20, who had boarded an auto-rikshaw, was allegedly thrashed by auto driver Mohammad Zameel.

According to the reports, when her brother reached the spot, he was too beaten up by the driver and his accomplices.

The two had alleged that police refused to register their complaint. The enraged minority community then held violent demonstrations after which business establishments were closed.

Poonch district is Muslim majority but there is substantial population of Sikhs and Hindus in the town.

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