13th day of curfew in Kishtwar, all party delegation camping in town

KL Report


Although curfew continued for the 13th day Wednesday in the hilly Kishtwar town, wracked by communal violence on August 9, sources in the visiting all-party delegation held out hopes of a breakthrough in peace talks later in the day between the two communities.

The all-party delegation, comprising representatives of the ruling National Conference-Congress alliance, the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Samajwadi Party, the Nationalist Congress Party, Communist Party of India-Marxist, Shiromani Akali Dal and Panthers’ Party, has been camping in the town for the last two days.

The delegation met representatives of the two communities separately on Tuesday, during which both the Communities placed their demands before the delegation.

“The representatives of both communities were scheduled to meet us jointly on Tuesday evening, but that meeting is now expected today,” a member of the all-party delegation said.

The member also said, “After the representatives of the two communities sit together with us, we are planning a joint peace march in the town by representatives of both communities.”

Sources in the district administration said curfew could be relaxed to facilitate the peace march.

“We are expecting re-opening of shops and other business establishment in the town once the peace march is held,” an officer in district administration said.


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