Indefinite curfew continues for second day running in Kishtwar

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SRINAGAR: KIshtwar town in southern Kashmir remained under an indefinite curfew for the second cvonsecutive day Saturday following outbreak of communal clashes on Friday.

On Friday, Kishtwar town located about 220-kilomters from Jammu, witnessed widespread violence and arson.

The local administration had to call in the army to stage a flag march and restore order, even as nearly 100 shops, a petrol pump, an oil tanker, some vehicles of the state police and the fire services department and government properties, were set ion fire by the mobs on Friday.

“There was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the mountainous district today,” officials said, adding bandh was being observed in some parts.

The state’s Director General of Police (DGP), Ashok Prasad, Commissioner (Home) Suresh Kumar and Additional DGP (Coordination) P.L. Gupta are camping in Kishtwar to supervise the restoration of law and order.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and some other political parties have announced a shutdown in Jammu Saturday in protest against the clashes of Friday.

Separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani has also announced a Valley-wide shutdown in protest against the Kishtwar clashes.

A magisterial probe has been ordered into the clashes. District Commissioner, Jammu, Shant Manu has been asked to submit a report to the state government in three weeks. 

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