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Violence continues in Jammu and Rajouri, Curfew imposed

Srinagar, Aug 11 (): To restrain spreading of violence in parts of Jammu & Kashmir, curfew was imposed after communal tension was reported from Jammu and Rajouri districts on Saturday late night. However, immediate reports of casualties in Jammu and Rajouri districts have not yet been confirmed.

Curfew was imposed in the entire Jammu district after protesters made attempts to set fire to two shops and two vehicles in New Plot area of Jammu district, said division commissioner Shant Manu.

Curfew was imposed as a precautionary measure as communal tension started in Rajouri district, said the police. Army troops were found to be patrolling the streets of the violence-hit district and people were advised to remain indoors since late Saturday night.

Curfew-bound Kishtwar town remained tense as all roads leading to the district were blocked.  Kishtwar being a Muslim-majority town and the neighbouring villages dominated with Hindus, authorities have expressed concern over possible violence and described the town as troubled spots as most village defence committees around Kishtwar town have authorised weapons. Officials declared that clashes may take place in Kishtwar town as the numerical strength of the two communities is almost equal.

As tension remains high in this district of both Hindu and Muslim dominated areas, the Bharathiya Janata Party fears that such clashes may lead to a repetition of the earlier situation that led to migration of members of a particular community from the state.

The BJP demanded the situation to be brought back to normal soon. BJP leader, Arun Jaitley along with Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab, Avinash Rai Khanna, and state BJP president, Jugal Kishore are set to visit the Kishtwar district to take stock of the situation. Jaitley also had a word with finance minister P Chidambaram and the home secretary regarding the situation.

Demanding early normalization in the district, BJP president Rajnath Singh had spoken to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who assured for an early recovery.