Nearly half a dozen shops were set ablaze and several people sustained injuries in Basohli as communal clashes broke out in parts of Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday morning.
Trouble started at Phoond village near Basohli town after some locals found carcass of a cow in a drain. The villagers had gone there as someone told them about suspicious movement near the drain during the pervious night.
As the news spread, people belonging to a particular community gathered on the roads, protesting the ‘cow slaughter’. Soon their numbers swelled and they took out a procession torching shops belonging to another community. This led two clashes between the two groups. Several people were injured in stone-pelting during the clash.
The trouble soon spread to nearby areas of Basohl, Bani and Mahanpur, where people joined the issue and observed complete bandh. Stray incidents of violence were reported from some places as mobs pelted stones and damaged vehicles.
Additional reinforcements of police and para military personnel were rushed to affected areas and by afternoon, situation though tense, was brought under control.
This has been the second incident of communal tension in the otherwise peaceful Jammu region during the last one month.
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