J&K: Curfew lifted from Kishtwar after 12 days of shutdown
Posted on: 02:06 PM IST Aug 21, 2013
Kishtwar: Curfew has been lifted from Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir after 12 days of shutdown. Meanwhile, The Jammu and Kashmir government is likely to file a report on the Kishtwar riots to the Supreme Court on Wednesday. This step of action has been considered in response to the direction of the division bench seeking a detailed affidavit on the communal clashes in Kishtwar.
An all-party delegation on Tuesday visited Kishtwar and took stock of the situation as curfew remained in force in the trouble-torn district of the Jammu region for the 12th straight day.
The all-party delegation, which arrived in Kishtwar on Monday evening, held talks with members of both the communities and senior district officers in a bid to de-escalate the tension. The members of the delegation visited the violence-hit areas in Kishtwar, where curfew was clamped on August nine in the aftermath of communal clashes, and assessed the situation, officials said.
Four members of a ministerial team, led by Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, had held separate meetings with leaders of the two communities on August 18. A peace rally, comprising members from both the communities, was taken out in Rajouri border town today to ease communal tension.
The rallyists appealed to the people to maintain communal harmony. The situation was limping back to normal in Kishtwar and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere, District Magistrate Baseer Khan said. However, "no relaxation in curfew was given today in view of the passage of Machail yatra (annual pilgrimage to the holy shrine of goddess Chandi)", he said.
On Monday, curfew was relaxed for four hours in Kishtwar where communal clashes had left three dead and more than 20 injured on August 9.