Authorities have imposed curfew and called out the Army in the strife-hit Budgam-Magam belt of Central Kashmir following Tuesday’s incidents of arson and group clashes at several places. Over hundred people have sustained injuries and several properties have been torched during the sectarian strife in a particular area since July 20.

Superintendent of Police Budgam Mohammad Irshad told The Hindu that the district magistrate imposed curfew in the violence-hit Budgam-Magam belt on Tuesday night. Mr. Irshad said that over a written requisition from the civil administration, Army was called out, which was now assisting in strict enforcement of curfew. However, life is normal despite heavy tension in other areas of the district.

Troops of Rashtriya Rifles 35th battalion, 53rd battalion and 2nd battalion have moved out and set up barricades at different places along with J&K Police, CRPF and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Mr. Irshad said.

Residents demand judicial inquiry

Meanwhile, residents of several villages have demanded judicial inquiry into Monday’s alleged police atrocities at Dadina, Labertal, Garend Kalan, Pymus and Sahipora. Over 20 houses and other structures had been destroyed during a clash at Sahipora.

Residents of Dadina demanded that a case of attempt to murder registered against the policemen, who attacked a 55-year-old woman Fatima. Ms Fatima was admitted to Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, with critical injuries in her head.