As the army has finally established it’s control over the restive Chenab Valley township, details about the crisis have started coming out. While reports put the deaths at two – all India radio reported one death, sources in the ravaged district put the injured at around thirty. Meanwhile the State Government has announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lacs in favour of deceased Arvind Kumar.
A doctor in the local hospital, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said they have received around thirty injured and most if them have minor injuries. “We had three seriously injured people, two having bullet wounds and one of them is out of danger and two others have been shifted to Srinagar,” the doctor said. “There are rumors that four more people were shifted to Jammu without being reported to our hospital here but I can not confirm it.”
A police man has a serious head injury and he has also been moved to Srinagar. He was hit by a stone in the crowd management. His identity was not Immediately known.
Residents said most of the markets suffered serious damage in the communal clashes. An engineer accessed on phone said the number if shops which went up in smoke could be around seventy in addition to a hotel and more than a dozen vehicles. “The destroyed property belongs to both the communities, almost equally,” the engineer said. “Miscreants from both sides resorted to instant revenges.” The officer hoped that the deployment of the army will prevent escalation of tensions to the periphery.
Top divisional administration is camping in the town and state MoS home Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo is also in the town. Kichloo represents Kishtwar in the state assembly.