Three Residential Houses, Temple Gutted in Kishtwar, Bandh Observed; Investigation On

Naseer Khoda



A fire incident took place in Chatru are of Kishtwar in Chenab valley on Tuesday in which two residential houses and a religious place got damaged in the mysterious circumstances.

On Tuesday morning, fire broke out and police are on the job and investigating the incident. The people in Tchansri, Mughal Maidan, Kishtwar came out on roads and started protesting after a local group ‘Sanathan Dharan Sabha’ called for bandh after a local temple caught fire which was near to those houses.

“Two residential houses caught fire at around 5.30 in the morning. When locals, both members of both the communities, succeeded in controlling the fire, it incidentally engulfed a local temple,” reports reaching here said.

Reports added that the temple was damaged as it was located very close to the houses which were completely damaged.

Official sources said temple was gutted “as temple was located very close to these houses which were under the grip of heavy fire”.

“We on are spot and are investigating the actual cause of fire. But so far, no cause has surfaced. We are looking if it was a mischievous activity or just a normal accident,” said an official from Kishtwar authorities.

It is also confirmed that a bandh call was given by a local group and was supported by many groups belonging to a particular communities.

Reports said that bandh was also observed in Doda, Bhaderwah Thathri, Premnagar and other places of Chenab valley. There was heavy deployment of paramilitary forces at sensitive places.

Many social and political leaders have appealed the general masses to maintain peace and communal harmony in the Chenab Valley.

The particular community observed bandh as a mark of protest, however, actual cause of incident is being investigated said Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Ghulam Nabi Balwan.

Meanwhile, one residential house of Qasim Din son of Ismail Gujjar of Shrouti Saroor in the region was burnt during wee hours, in which 20 numbers of livestock including sheep, goats and cows were burnt alive along with other house hold articles.


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