In Jammuís Kishtwar, Army called out after communal clashes, firing

12 August 2008
The Indian Express
Aditya V Singh

Jammu: A teenage boy was among two persons killed in police firing and 30 others were injured in a grenade blast during communal clashes in Kishtwar town of Jammu region today, forcing authorities to call out the Army and clamp curfew. Over a dozen shops and a hotel were set ablaze and an attempt was also made to set a petrol pump on fire. Protesting the killing of Hurriyat leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz in police firing in the Valley, Muslims gathered in numbers near Hadyal Chowk of Kishtwar this morning. Some from the crowd hurled stones which injured two Hindus. As word spread, Hindus got together and clashed with the Muslims. An unidentified person hurled a grenade which left over 30 injured. After the blast, more people spilled on to the streets and hurled stones at each other. Unable to scatter the mobs, police opened fire, killing two persons ó they were identified as Mohammad Maqbool (36) of Hadyal Mohalla and Gufarang (13) of Keshwan Mohalla. Aziz Gagroo was critically injured and was taken to the Kishtwar district hospital. The Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti, condemning the attack on Hindus, accused the administration of being a ďmute spectator while shops of Hindus were set ablazeĒ.