BHADERWAHCurfew was lifted in the entire Bhaderwah town for the first time on Monday since its imposition last week following the killing of a person in a firing incident and subsequent violence, officials said.
Bhaderwah Tehsildar Zeeshan Tahir said curfew was relaxed at 10.30 am initially for one-and-a-half hour and subsequently extended for two more hours after the first relaxation period passed off peacefully.
He said the situation is being monitored minutely and the relaxation is likely to be further extended after carrying out another review of the situation.
On Sunday, authorities had relaxed curfew in a phased manner for one hour each in different areas of the town during which local residents thronged markets to buy essential commodities.
Soon after the relaxation was announced this morning, shops and business establishments opened and public and private transport resumed, giving semblance of normalcy.
Long queues were witnessed outside ATMs and shops dealing with essential commodities like milk and vegetables besides other daily use items, officials said.
They said police and CRPF personnel remained deployed in strength in sensitive areas as a precautionary measure as prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC are being enforced strictly to maintain law and order.
Bhaderwah town witnessed violent protests on Thursday last following the killing of Nayeem Shah atKachi Nalthivillage. Violence had broken out after the killing and a number of vehicles were damaged by stone-pelting protesters who also set ablaze a few vehicles.
The district administration had refuted reports that “cow vigilantism” was the reason behind the killing of Shah and said some people were trying to give a communal colour to the incident.
Deputy Commissioner, Doda, Sagar Doifodeon Sunday ordered a magisterial inquiryinto the killing of Shah and subsequent stone-pelting and directed Sub-divisional Magistrate, Thathri, Mohammad Anwar Banday to submit his report within seven days.
DGP Reviews Situation
Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Monday visited Kishtwar and Baderwah, the two places marred by violence.
He chaired officers meeting at District Police Office Kishtwar to review the law & order and security situation in the district, a police spokesman said.
Progress achieved on the directions of DGP given during his visit to the district in April 2019 was also discussed in the meeting.
The meeting was attended by Commander 9 sector RR, DIG DKR, SSP Kishtwar, CO 52 Bn. CRPF, CO 7th Reserve CISF and CO 22 Bn. IRP. The DGP was briefed through a power point presentation about the deployment and measures taken for maintaining peace and order in the district. DGP appreciated the efforts of J&K Police and other security agencies for conducting smooth and peaceful elections in the district. He said that it was due to their coordinated efforts and dedication of different forces that the elections were held in a congenial atmosphere. He emphasised upon the officers to make all required arrangements to keep the law and order maintained in the district.
On his arrival DGP was presented a guard of honour by the contingents of police. He was accompanied by DIG DKR B.S Tuti.
DGP also visited some places to assess the police deployment and security arrangements made by the district police. He interacted with the deployed police personnel and enquired about their wellbeing.
During his visit to Baderwah, the DGP chaired officers meeting and reviewed the law & Order situation in the town in the back drop of killing of a person in suspicious circumstances. Divisional commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Verma, IGP Jammu M.K Sinha Deputy Commissioner Doda, SSP Doda and other officers were present in the meeting.
DGP directed the officers to take strenuous efforts to conclude the investigation of the case on merits. He emphasized for the cooperation of public in maintaining communal harmony in the district. DGP held a meeting with the respectable of Hindu and Muslim communities. The meeting was attended by Divisional Commissioner Jammu, IG Jammu and other civil and Police officers. While interacting with the civil society members, DGP assured them that fair investigation will be conducted in the case and the culprits will be brought to justice. He listened the issues raised by members of the society and assured that their issues will be addressed. He also appreciated the cooperation of respectables of two communities in maintaining communal harmony and brotherhood in the area, the spokesman added.