Two killed in Kishtwar, curfew clamped in Jammu region

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Jammu, Aug 12 (UNI) Two persons were killed and nearly fifty injured in violence when police opened fire on protestors in Kishtwar district and following tense situation, curfew was imposed in all the districts of Jammu region to stem any untoward incident, official sources here today said.

''Defying curfew, thousands of protestors came out of their houses, pelted stones and engaged in clashes with the security forces,'' official sources told UNI.

The police however, resorted to lathicharge and fired teargas shells to disperse the agitating mob in which two persons were killed and at least 50 suffered injuries, a senior police official told UNI adding that police opened fired in air to control the situation.

There were no reports of fresh violence in rest of the districts except Kishtwar as over hundred shops were damaged and about 25 set ablaze by the mob.

''Five houses and a petrol pump were also set afire by the furious protestors in Hadyal Chowk of Kishtwar district,'' sources said adding ''Army was deployed in the area and the entire district was put under siege.'' Following the tense situation in the district, the administration has imposed curfew in all the eight districts of the region as a precautionary measure.

''The curfew relaxation in Jammu from 0500 hrs to 1700 hrs passed off peacefully but it was not extended further following tense Kishtwar situation,'' an official source said.

Meanwhile, in Samba district the curfew relaxation remained till noon while in Kathua and Udhampur districts, curfew was relaxed upto 1400 hrs, they said.

Eight people have lost their lives earlier in the ongoing agitation in Jammu, with maximum four in alleged police firing at Samba.

Life was completely paralysed in the region for the consecutive 20th day as educational institutions and business establishments remained closed in response to the bandh.

Thousands of Jammu and Kashmir police personnel, troops of Central Reserve Police Frce (CRPF), Rapid Action Force (RAF) and internal security columns of army have been deployed to control law and order.

People took out peaceful processions and beat utensils on the roofs of their houses in different localities to lodge protest against the government.

Army was continuously conducting flag marches in sensitive areas to ensure curfew after the relaxation.

The Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti (SAYSS), a conglomerate of 35 political, religious and social outfits, has extended the Jammu bandh till August 14.

The samiti, is demanding restoration of forest land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) at Baltal and removal of newly-appointed State Governor N N Vohra.

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