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Army moved in, but situation still grim in Jammu

Kishtwar communal violence spilled over to other areas. Curfew in parts of Jammu, Udhampur, Rajouri, Reasi and Lakhanpur. Amarnath yatra and mobile services have been suspended. HT reports.

india Updated: Aug 11, 2013 20:00 IST
HT correspondent
HT correspondent
Hindustan Times

Situation continued to be grim in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday after Kishtwar communal violence spilled over to other areas, leading to imposition of curfew in parts of Jammu, Udhampur, Rajouri, Reasi town and Lakhanpur town of Kathua district.

The curfew continued for the third consecutive day in Kishtwar where two died and at least 30 were injured in communal clashes on Friday. The government has also refused to allow political leaders or separatists to visit the district.

As a precautionary measure, Amarnath yatra and mobile services have been suspended in the state. Jammu University exams have also been postponed.

The administration has described the situation as “calm but tense”. “Curfew has been imposed in Udhampur, Kathua and Samba districts as a precautionary measure and the Army has also been deployed to assist local administration,” Jammu divisional commissioner Shantmanu said.

On Saturday, seven shops were set ablaze and other cases of arson were reported in Jammu after which curfew was clamped in the area. Seven persons, including a police officer, were reportedly injured in the clashes. Fresh protests have been reported from Jammu and its outskirts on Sunday.

Vehicular movement on Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained suspended for the second consecutive day amid reports that additional forces have been deployed to ensure that normal movement of traffic is restored at the earliest.

Restrictions have been imposed on assembly of people in areas which are not under curfew. Barbed wires have been put up at many places to restrict the movement. In Jammu, while movement has been restricted in minority community areas, people are not being allowed to step out of their houses in Rajouri.

First Published: Aug 11, 2013 16:34 IST