Curfew was lifted in Samba district and Sunderbani area of Rajouri district,and in other parts of Jammu region on Wednesday,days after communal violence erupted in Kishtwar on Eid. Kishtwar,however,continued to remain under curfew for the sixth consecutive day.
In Jammu district,curfew was relaxed from 8 am to 6 pm,in Rajouri from 8 am to 11.30 pm and in Bhaderwah from 10 am to 4 pm. In Udhampur,Billawar,Bani,Basohli and Reasi,curfew was relaxed from 6 am to 1 pm and in Kathua from 6 am to 1 pm.
No untoward incident was reported from these districts during the period when the curfew was relaxed,said Shantmanu,the Divisional Commissioner of Jammu.
Meanwhile,the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) withdrew their calls for Jammu bandh. VHP president Rama Kant Dubey said they have only suspended their agitation in view of the Independence Day. JCCI chief Y B Sharma said they decided to withdraw the bandh following the state government accepting their demand to give 100 per cent compensation to businessmen and traders of Kishtwar whose property and goods were damaged in the violence.
The BJP and other political parties have already called off their bandh calls after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah accepted the resignation of Minister of State for Home Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo.
In Kishtwar,Army held flag march. There was no report of any untoward incident. With the curfew in force,locals are facing shortage of essential commodities. The administration evacuated two Czechoslovakian nationals from a hotel in Kishtwar and sent them to Jammu.