Day Curfew Lifted From Rajouri

Day Curfew Lifted From Rajouri

13 March 2012
Rising Kashmir
Syed Amjad Shah

Jammu: After improvement in the situation, authorities on Tuesday lifted day curfew from the border town of Rajouri. 'We lifted the curfew from 9 am in Rajouri town in view of improvement in the situation,' a senior police officer said. He said no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the district so far and the situation was under control. In view of improvement in the situation, the authorities had relaxed curfew for eight-hour yesterday. Meanwhile, government sent two ministers - Industrial Minister Surjeet Singh Salathia and Minister of State CAPD Shabir Khan - to the border district to hold talks with representatives of both the communities. “The ministers held five rounds of meetings with the members of the two communities at Dak Bungalow, Rajouri. However, talks failed to bring any positive results as representatives of one community demanded that those, who pelted stones on them, should be arrested,” sources said. They said representatives of a community agreed to help authorities in establishing peace in the trouble torn district. “The other community members refused to cooperate until their demands were met. They said they won’t open business establishments till their demands are met,” they said. Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, Khwaja Ghulam Ahmed told Rising Kashmir that representatives of both communities had cordial talks with two ministers. “They assured to help authorities to establish peace in the district, which is facing trouble since last week,” he said. “Several rounds of meetings were held with the representative of both the communities and a joint meeting was also held. These talks were fruitful,” he said. Khwaja said both communities have agreed to open shops and business establishments in the district from tomorrow. Asked whether night curfew will also be lifted, he said, “We won’t lift night curfew for some time. The administration will remove day curfew from Rajouri town tomorrow as the situation has shown improvement,” he said. Curfew was clamped in the town on March 7 after clashes broke out between members of two communities. The tension has prevailed in the border town ever since VHP’s senior leader Praveen Togadia made hate-speech during his visit to Rajouri. His remarks had hurt sentiments of a particular community. Authorities have registered a case against him. Meanwhile, Law and Parliamentary Affairs minister Ali Mohammad Sagar told Assembly today that Praveen Togadia visited Rajouri on March 4 for fund collection (Dharam Raksha Nidhi) and addressed a gathering of approximately 1000 persons at Shakha Ground Rajouri. 'During his speech, he made some provocative and inflammatory comments for which a case was registered against him at Police Station Rajouri,” he said. PDP and BJP members staged a walkout to protest what they said failure of the government to deal with the situation.