Curfew in eight districts of Jammu and Internet mobile service suspension in the state continues

KL Report

JAMMU

Curfew continued in eight districts of Jammu region on Tuesday even as the annual Amarnath Yatra resumed after three days, officials said. Eleven people have been arrested in connection with the communal clashes in Kishtwar.

Curfew continued in the eight districts of Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Reasi, Udhampur, Rajouri, Doda and Kishtwar districts of Jammu region. Loudspeaker-fitted police vehicles announced in the morning that curfew was in force in these districts and that people should remain indoors.

While curfew continued in Kishtwar district where it was imposed on Friday following communal clashes, in other districts it continued for the fourth day Tuesday.

Reports reaching here from the hilly Kishtwar town said a vehicle hired by police was Monday set ablaze by at Shalimar Chowk, five km from Kishtwar town.

Police arrested 11 people in connection with the communal clashes in Kishtwar. The arrested include Abdul Qayoom Mattu, a separatist activist police allege he was responsible for instigating people to violence.

Protestors including women and children defied curfew in Kishtwar town Monday to protest the arrests. The protestors engaged police in stone pelting, in which two police officers including an additional superintendent of police and a deputy superintendent of police were injured.

Five protestors were also injured. The army later carried out a flag march in the area to restore order.

Meanwhile, mobile internet services remained suspended throughout the state for the third day Tuesday.

While authorities said the services have been suspended to check rumor- monging, professionals, academicians, students and journalists have criticised the suspension, saying it amounted to pushing the state into the another Stone Age.

Meanwhile, the annual Amarnath Yatra resumed on Tuesday, after three days, officials said

The Amarnath Yatra had remained suspended for the last three days.

“The Amarnath Yatra resumed early today (Tuesday). 225 pilgrims were allowed to move from Jammu to the Valley this morning,” an official said.

Normal traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar highway has still not resumed. Traffic on the Pathankot-Jammu and Jammu-Srinagar highway was halted following tension along the road after the Kishtwar violence Friday.

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