JAMMU: Nine persons, including five cops, were injured today in clashes between the people belonging to two communities in Kathua district, following which three persons have been arrested.

There were clashes between the people belonging to two communities over alleged cow slaughter in Haria Chak border area of the district, police officials said.

Police had to resort to cane charing and teargas shelling to bring the situation under control, they said.

Additional police force has been deployed in the area to maintain calm, they added.

SSP Kathua Pawan Parihar told PTI that situation has been brought to normalcy and investigation into the incident initiated.

Meanwhile, sub-divisional magistrate Hiranagar Sohan Lal today imposed section 144 of CrPC in Hiranagar sub-division.

The move came in the wake of the apprehensions that some miscreants/anti-social elements may try to disturb the peace and tranquility in the sub-division, disturbing the safety and security of the people.