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.