February 2001 News

Army tries to lift spirits in Jammu

6 February 2001
The Statesman

Jammu: The Army today conducted flag marches in the violence-hit areas of Jammu to restore the confidence of the people, while day curfew was lifted in Udhampur of Jammu region. The situation remained peaceful in the city with police and para-military troops deployed throughout the city to enforce curfew regulations, an official said. Stand-by Army troops also conducted flag marches in Gandhinagar, Nanak Nagar, Satwari, Narwal and Shastri Nagar. One person was killed and 35 injured yesterday when people defied curfew and held demonstrations against the killings of six Sikhs in Srinagar city on Saturday. The body of Mohinder Singh, a bank employee from Anantnag who died in police firing at Narwal yesterday, was cremated today. The Divisional Commissioner Jammu, IGP Jammu range, and other police officers were present. The authorities also gave 2-hour curfew relaxation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today in old city areas to enable the people to purchase essential commodities. No untoward incident was reported during the relaxation period, police said. Reports from Udhampur said the authorities lifted day curfew in Udhampur following improvement in the situation. But night curfew will continue as a precautionary measure. No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the town, the sources added. Dr Farooq Abdullah, has said that certain measures are being contemplated for instilling confidence among the Sikhs in Kashmir. Attack on police picket: Militants attacked a police picket set up for protection of minority community at Sikh-dominated Chattisinghpora in Anantnag district last night, adds PTI. Police returned the fire forcing the militants to flee. A hunt is on to track down the attackers. The incident caused panic among the villagers.


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