JAMMU The curfew imposed in Kishtwar district following killing of senior RSS functionary Chanderkant Sharma and his PSO remained in force for the second day Wednesday even as police intensified searches to track down those involved in the killing.
The cremation of the RSS leader will take place later in the day in Kishtwar town amid heavy security.
“Curfew continues to remain in force in Kishtwar for second consecutive day today. There is strict enforcement of curfew. Army continues to remain deployed”, Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar, A S Rana told PTI.
Rana said there was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the district and strict vigilance is being maintained in all sensitive areas of the district.
However, there were reports of brief protests in some areas in old city against the killings.
The body of the senior RSS functionary has been airlifted to Kishtwar from Jammu.
“The cremation will take place today amid tight security”, the DC said.
In view of the situation, police riefly stopped several leaders of BJP and RSS, including State BJP Chief Ravinder Raina and former Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh at Doda.
However, they were later allowed to move to Kishtwar to attend the cremation of the RSS leader after intervention by the DC and the SSP Doda.
Police and security forces have launched massive cordon and search operation in various areas to track down the killer in Kishtwar, officials said.
The RSS leader and his security guard were killed on Tuesday when a suspected militant opened fire at a health centre in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar town, prompting authorities to impose curfew and call the Army to maintain law and order in the communally sensitive region.
Condemning the killing of its leader and his PSO in a terrorist attack in broad daylight in Kishtwar, the RSS had termed the attack a “security lapse” and called for extending the Army’s ‘Operation Allout’ in the hilly district to prevent spread of terror in Jammu region.
Meanwhile, Police has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) and has arrested ten suspected persons in connection with the killing of RSS leader and his PSO in Kishtwar.
A police officer said that five-member SIT has been constituted and it would be headed by DSP Headquarter Kishtwar Aijaz Ahmad Sheikh to probe the incident, reported news agency GNS.
“10 suspected persons have been arrested and they include some employees of the hospital where the attack took place,” he said.
“A case under an FIR 67/2019 under section 302, 307, 192 RPC, 7/25 IA Act, 13/16/20/23 ULA Act has been registered in connection with the murder,” Station House Officer (SHO), Kishtwar said Haji Mohammad Bashir .
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu, M.K. Sinha said that several suspected persons have been arrested but declined to comment further about the arrestees, underlining that the investigation was underway.
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