The state government had received intelligence alerts of possible communal clashes in Kishtwar,according to police sources. In fact,several incidents were reported in the last month which signalled tension in the area,they said.
An input (about possible communal violence) was provided to the government about 10 days ago, said a senior officer in the J&K Police CID. A day before the incident,another input was sent, he added. The intelligence inputs suggested that some political parties wanted a communal flare-up for electoral gains.
According to villagers,there was communal tension in the area since the beginning of Ramadhan. Every night,some unidentified masked men would throw stones on houses and open fire,they said. The state government,however,failed to act.
Residents alleged that there were not many security personnel at the Chowgan ground where Eid prayers were held on Friday. Every Eid,a large contingent of police and CRPF personnel would be deployed around the ground, said Mushtaq Ahmad,a resident of Kishtwar. This Eid,there were only a few personnel despite the fact that communal tension was brewing. The villagers also said the government failed to act swiftly.
Despite the curfew on Sunday,clashes were reported in Padder,50 kms from Kishtwar town. Police sources said several houses were torched and three persons were injured.