Normalcy returns in Jammu after T20 clashes

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Jammu, Sep 26 (UNI) Normalcy returned to the towns of Jammu and Kashmir where clashes occurred after India's Twenty20 Cricket World Cup final victory over Pakistan, following intervention of the civil administration and talks between various agitating groups here today.

Sources said tension had gripped various parts of the Jammu region after India beat arch-rivals Pakistan by five runs in a nail-biting Twenty20 World Cup final but normalcy has returned now.

Rajouri district was quite peaceful today and normal life returned after two-days' of tension in the town following the clashes in which around 40 people, including police personnel, got injured, official sources told UNI.

Meanwhile, Reasi district observed peaceful bandh today as various political parties, including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), had given call for bandh after clashes occurred between groups of people on Monday night.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Reasi, J L Sharma, told UNI that some political units have given call for bandh but no incidents of violence have been reported in the town.

''A delegation of both protesting groups met Deputy Commissioner today to discuss the issue and to restore normalcy in the area,'' the SSP said.

Clashes between groups of students had also occurred at the Polytechnic College on Monday night but have been brought under control, sources said.

Sources further said that some of the irked student organisations had burnt effigy of police officers, who directed their subordinates to lathicharge on the students.

''The students were protesting against the Warden of the Polytechnic College, who did not allow the students to enter college premises on Monday night and restricted them from celebrating India's victory over Pakistan,'' sources added.


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