Curfew imposed in Jammu

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Jammu, Jul 2 (UNI) The state administration today imposed curfew in all parts of the Jammu region as precautionary measure to prevent violent protests against the revocation of land transferred in favour of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).

''Complete curfew was imposed in the city after midnight to contain violent protest in Jammu against land transfer issue,'' official sources said.

Emergency services staff, including police, passengers heading towards railway station or airport and mediapersons on foot or in their personal vehicle were allowed passage.

The roads gave a deserted look as all the vehicles remained off road and markets closed. Educational institutes and other offices also remained closed for the day.

An indefinite curfew was imposed at some parts of northern Jammu after heavy stone pelting and fierce clashes between police and public yesterday.

Over 50 people, including policemen and photojournalists were injured in separate incidents.

As a precautionary measure, the civil administration ordered imposition of curfew, besides section 144 of the CrPC, in the city on the third day of bandh call given by saffron parties against revocation of controversial land transfer to the SASB.

Protests were also reported from other towns and rural areas of Jammu region as discontent spreads against the state government bowing to the Kashmiri leadership and revoking the forest land transfer.

Meanwhile, the bandh and successive curfew has multiplied the problem of common masses as they have started facing shortage of essential commodities.

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