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“We have resolved the crisis amicably and the funeral of all four persons passed off peacefully,” Mr. Gupta told The Hindu from Gool. He said the official team pacified the residents and they dispersed peacefully.
At a news conference in Jammu, BSF IG Rajeev Krishen claimed that someone in the mob fired upon the camp, resulting in gunshot wounds to constable Ram Hari. He was airlifted and admitted to GMC Hospital. The IG claimed that the BSF firing was in retaliation to an armed attack. Mr. Krishen claimed that nobody from the camp went to the village or the mosque. He denied allegations of desecration of the Holy Scripture and the mosque.
“The situation is extremely tense but we are trying to control it. We want to ensure that the tension does not spill over to Doda and other districts,” Mr. Kichloo said.
On his arrival from New Delhi, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah reviewed the situation. Ramban DC Sham Vinod Mena was removed and replaced by Director of Estates M.H. Malik. Sources said the Cabinet would discuss the situation at a meeting on Friday.
As the news of the four deaths broke, traders downed the shutters and demonstrators clashed with the police at several places in the State. District headquarters of Ramban on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway witnessed the most violent clashes as hundreds of protestors attacked the Deputy Commissioner’s office and the police station. Two official vehicles were set on fire. Police foiled the mob’s attempts to set the DC office on fire. Traffic on the highway remained disrupted for six hours.
Amarnath pilgrims on their way to the Valley were stopped amid massive traffic jams.
“Yatra is continuing. We have no instructions to suspend it,” Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Udhampur, Garib Das said.