Curfew continues to remain in force over IS flag burning in Rajouri

Police and para military personnel were deployed in strength and outlets of all the lanes and bylanes sealed with barbed wire fence to prevent movement of people.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Updated: July 23, 2015 3:19 am
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Curfew continued to remain in force in Rajouri town for the second day on Wednesday, following tension over the burning of an ISIS flag carrying a handwritten Kalima Tayyaba on it by some Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal activists.

As tempers were running high with members of Muslim community insisting on arrest of all those burning the Kalima Tayyaba on ISIS flag, the administration had suspended GPRS service in the district to prevent people from spreading rumours about the situation through social networking sites like whats app and twitter since last night. This has been done to check trouble from spreading to areas outside Rajouri town, sources added.

Meanwhile, police and para military personnel were deployed in strength and outlets of all the lanes and bylanes sealed with barbed wire fence to prevent movement of people. The curfew was being strictly enforced and cops were not allowing anybody to come out, said a local resident on phone.

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The curfew was imposed in the town on Tuesday evening following clashes between members of Muslim community and local police over the burning of Kalima Tayyaba written by hand on an ISIS flag. While they demanded arrest of those responsible for burning it, VHP leaders expressed regrets over the incident saying that they had only burnt the ISIS flag.

Elders from both the communities had on Tuesday morning held a meeting and decided to defuse situation by taking out a joint peace march in the town. However, youth from Muslim community resisted and continued with their demonstrations making their leaders withdraw from the march.

Later, as police resorted to lathicharge to disperse demonstrators at Abdullah bridge, violence spread to other parts of the town with later grouping and re-grouping to pelt stones at lathi wielding cops, making the administration call army and impose curfew. Since then, there has been no untoward incident reported from any place so far.

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  1. Jai Kumar
    Jul 24, 2015 at 5:14 pm
    The w problem is that Muslims belong to the Ummah First Nation second. So ISIS flag takes precedence over national one.
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      pakistani
      Jul 22, 2015 at 12:17 pm
      ohhh so angry.......yes muslims are terrorists......be afraid of them.....after all if you are horrified of muslims...then thats enough ....and keep changing your diper... a sound advice by a muslim......:)
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        Moraen
        Jul 22, 2015 at 1:27 pm
        There is no such thing as IS Flag. The media have made the Black flag of Islam with Kalima Shahadah as ISIS flag. Disrespect of this flag (which has nothing to do with ISIS) will lead to more anger in the already angered Muslims. Just because ISIS use this flag as theirs doesn't means it belongs to them. If this would be true then ISIS claim to be humans then ppl shud start burning every Human as well. This Black flag of Islam needs to respected or else things will turn out to be ugly for this world. Hope Muslim leaders will take some actions against this hypocrisy of media and educate ppl about the sacred flag
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          avi
          Jul 22, 2015 at 10:13 am
          Regretfully under BJP rule the situation in J & K seems deteriorating. It seems they are running out of ideas in combating the growing defiance towards law and order from the so called separatists financed by s.
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            HG KETKAR
            Jul 22, 2015 at 3:24 pm
            It is now true that from day ONE, when PDP-BJP government has come into power, the situation is getting critical, slowly but surely, though it may be under control because of heavy security arrangement. The Central Government should have a serious talk with local PDP supremo, to bring back the situation utmost to the level of where Omal Abdullah left. If proper steps are not taken at appropriate time, being the bordering state with stan, it will be very difficult to defense personnel to face the situation from both ends.
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