One dead, 15 injured in Kishtwar communal riots
A 30-year-old man was killed, 15 people injured and many shops and vehicles gutted in Kishtwar town, 250 km from here, in clashes between two communities on Eid-ul-Fitr Friday. HT reports.Updated: Aug 10, 2013 01:57 IST
A 30-year-old man was killed, 15 people injured and many shops and vehicles gutted in Kishtwar town, 250 km from here, in clashes between two communities on Eid-ul-Fitr Friday.
The army was out in the town and curfew imposed in the entire Kishtwar district to prevent the violence from spreading.
The dead man has been identified as Arvind Kumar. He was shot by a group of protesters near a petrol pump in Kishtwar.
"Curfew was imposed in the afternoon and the army asked to stage a flag march. The situation continues to be tense," Jammu divisional commissioner Shantmanu told HT. Locals said the number of injured was much higher.
The trouble started when one of the many groups heading towards the town's main ground to offer Eid prayers started shouting anti-India slogans. Soon, pitched battles were being fought on the streets between the members of both the communities.
They also set shops and vehicles on fire. Homes were attacked as well.
Reports said criminal elements, who in the past, too, had fomented trouble, raised the slogans to communalise the situation. Locals have accused the administration of not acting on time, as the tension had been building up for more than a week when the two communities clashed during a kalash yatra.
Two days ago, posters in support of Afzal Guru, who was hanged for his role in Parliament attack, surfaced in the town, making the situation worse.