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8 day long curfew relaxed in Kishtwar

After eight days curfew was relaxed in strife torn Kishtwar in phased manner today, HT reports.

india Updated: Aug 17, 2013 20:06 IST
HT correspondent
HT correspondent
Hindustan Times
Kishtwar,curfew,communal violence

After eight days, curfew was relaxed in strife torn Kishtwar, in phased manner on Saturday.

On Saturday, curfew was relaxed for one-and-a-half hours in selected areas of communal violence-hit district.

"Curfew in selected areas of Kishtwar town has been relaxed for an hour and a half from 1 PM today in phased manner," Divisional Commissioner Shantmanu said.

“During the relaxation no untoward incident was reported and situation remained peaceful through the period”, he added.

"There was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the district in the past 24 hours. The situation is limping back to normal and in view of this improvement, we have decided to relax the curfew," District Magistrate, Kishtwar, Baseer Khan said.

According to sources there had been an acute shortage of essential commodities due to the curfew for the last eight days. After it was relaxed today, heavy rush was witnessed at the shops.

Efforts by the administration to hold talks with minority community have failed, as they were unwilling to participate.

Curfew was imposed in Kishtwar on August 9 after communal clashes in which three persons were killed and over 20 were injured.

On August 10, authorities imposed curfew in Jammu and Rajouri after incidents of violence. The following day it was imposed in Reasi, Udhampur, Samba, parts of Doda and Kathua.

Curfew was lifted from seven districts on August 15 after situation there improved.

First Published: Aug 17, 2013 19:47 IST