Curfew continues for second day in Kishtwar

Jammu: The curfew imposed in Kishtwar district following stone pelting incident triggered by arrest of three separatists remained in force for the second day today even as several towns of Doda and Bhaderwah observed partial shutdown in protest against the arrests.

Three pro freedom leaders in the town were arrested on Saturday night and booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) for disrupting peace in the district following which some persons resorted to stone pelting prompting the authorities to impose curfew in the district.

One more person has been arrested from the town for instigating trouble. The curfew that was imposed yesterday as a precautionary measure continues for second day today,” Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kishtwar, Ghulam Nabi Balwan told PTI.

“The situation right now is normal and peaceful. The district administration will hold a review meeting and if the community leaders guarantee peace, the curfew would be relaxed,” Balwan said.

Sources said the three Hurriyat leaders were booked under PSA for allegedly delivering hate and anti-India speeches since August 4. They were also allegedly instigated the youth to resort to stone pelting and violent protests.

Security has been stepped up in the sensitive areas of the district with the deployment of additional personnel of police and para military forces.

“The administration is taking all precautionary measures to ensure that law and order continues to be in place in the district,” the DC said, adding, whosoever tries to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere of the district would be dealt as per the law.

Meanwhile, several towns of Doda and Bhaderwah observed partial shutdown today in protest against the imposition of curfew in the Kishtwar town.

Shops and other business establishments and schools belonging to a particular community in Doda and Bhaderwah were closed whereas government offices and banks functioned normally.

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