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Violence continues in Jammu,curfew clamped in three more districts

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu,samba | Posted: August 11, 2013 11:25 am

Within 24 hours of heavy firing along the LoC in Poonch,Pakistani Rangers on Sunday resorted to provoked firing on BSF posts along the international border in Jammu,injuring a BSF Jawan.

Related: 60 injured in Kishtwar Eid clashes,Army called out

Following reports of violence and arson in Jammu and Rajouri districts on Saturday night,curfew has been clamped in three more districts of Udhampur,Samba and Kathua in Jammu region along with Bhaderwah town in Doda on Sunday,thus affecting seven out of 10 districts of Jammu region.

The Army staged flag marches as tension prevailed following outbreak of communal violence in Kishtwar on Friday that left two persons dead and scores of others injured.

“Army staged a flag march and took control of the winter capital city during midnight. The situation was brought under control,” police officials said.

Security in the region has been beefed up and additional forces have been deployed especially in sensitive areas to avoid any untoward incident.

While internet services across the region have been suspended,police have also sealed the Jammu-Lakhanpur National Highway and suspended the Amarnath Yatra.

BJP and other organisations extented their Jammu bandh by 48 hours in demand for sacking of Minister of State for Home Sajjad Kitchloo.

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitely has been detained at the Jammu airport and officials have also urged BJP Rajya Sabha member from Punjab Avinash Rai Khanna from entering the state via Punjab.

Related: Arun Jaitley detained at Jammu airport,Kishtwar made out of bounds

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir unit of Congress has asked the state government to set up an independent commission of inquiry to probe the causes behind the violence in Kishtwar.

“Only by holding people accountable and understanding the reasons for communal tensions can we hope to prevent such incidents in the future,” J&K Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Saif-Uddin-Soz said in statement here.

With inputs from PTI

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