Jammu Limps Back To Normalcy,curfew Continues In Kishtwar

Jammu Limps Back To Normalcy,curfew Continues In Kishtwar

16 August 2013
Greater Kashmir
Yogesh Sagotra

Jammu: Normalcy returned in most parts of this region, including the Jammu district, as day curfew was completely lifted on Friday and traders resumed their routine work. However the trouble-torn Kishtwar township remained under curfew for the 8th consecutive day Friday. “The situation is peaceful. There was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere,” District Magistrate, Kishtwar, Basser Khan said. He said the decision to relax restrictions “depends upon the situation which has just started improving.” He said the administration is monitoring the situation and all precautionary measures have been taken to ensure that there are no law and order disturbances. Curfew was imposed on August 10 after communal clashes in Kishtwar in which three persons were killed and over 20 others injured. 75 business establishments along with 35 vehicles were also torched, reports said. Official sources said the Special Investigating Team, constituted to probe August 9 clashes and subsequent violence, has already initiated the probe and the team members have questioned various persons including those in custody. Police has also reportedly booked a separatist leader, Abdul Qayoom Mattoo, under the Public Safety Act, even as his family maintained that he was not even present at the Eidgah, where the clashes started. Peace also returned to other two townships of Chenab Valley-Bhaderwah and Thatri-where curfew lifted on Friday. Shops and offices reopened while people were out performing their chores as normalcy returned to Jammu and other parts of the region including Kathua, Samba, Rajouri and Udhampur. This, a week after the outbreak of the violence. However educational institutions here remained closed due to prohibitory orders issued by the government. Seven districts where curfew was lifted yesterday remained peaceful today, an official said. Authorities had imposed curfew in Jammu and Rajouri on past Saturday after some incidents of violence and curfew was clamped in Reasi, Udhampur, Samba, parts of Doda, Kathua on Sunday. Officials said though curfew has been lifted from Rajouri, Section 144 of the CrPC shall remain enforced to avoid gathering of people. “Situation is peaceful and no untoward incident has been reported from any part during the past three days,” SP Rajouri Mubassir Latifi told Greater Kashmir. 141 people have so far been taken into custody in connection with violence on Eid day in Kishtwar. FOCUS ON RESTORATION OF PEACE: GOSWAMI The Home Secretary said the government’s main focus was on restoration of normalcy and peace in Jammu and Kashmir in the aftermath of Kishtwar violence. Talking to media persons here, Goswami said Kishtwar incident was unfortunate given the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is known for communal harmony and brotherhood. “What has happened here is unfortunate but now our prime focus is to restore peace and subsequently provide relief to those who have suffered losses in the unrest,” he said. “I arrived here to review the situation in border areas as well as in other areas of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said adding that in morning he visited R S Pura after which he also discussed several issues with district administration and security forces. He said the issues which were discussed in the meeting and suggestions put forth by the members would be brought before the union home ministry and concrete measures would be taken in a time-bound manner. He said that the central government will also provide assistance to state government to help it restore normalcy in Kishtwar. Sources informed Greater Kashmir that in the meeting at BSF Frontier Camp at Polura, the Kishtwar issue was discussed. “Detailed discussions were held to find a way out to restore normalcy in Kistwar,” sources said. When asked that intelligence agencies have reported that Kishtwar communal clashes were provoked by Banjrang Dal activists, he said he was not aware of this report. “I have not seen the report, I can comment only after going through the report,” he said. He was accompanied by Divisional Commissioner Jammu Shantmanu, Inspector General of Police (IG) Rajesh Kumar, BSF IG S S Toamr and senior officials from New Delhi. When contacted Divisional Commissioner Shatmanu said Kishtwar issue was discussed with the district administration. He said efforts are on to restore normalcy in Kishtwar and very soon peace will be restored there. When asked whether Gowasmi will visit Kishtwar, he said as of now he is not scheduled to visit there.