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Curfew relaxed for four hours in Jammu & Kashmir’s Bhaderwah; situation peaceful: Officials

Women carry milk as authorities relaxed the curfew for three hours from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., in Bhaderwah town of Kishtwar district.

Women carry milk as authorities relaxed the curfew for three hours from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., in Bhaderwah town of Kishtwar district. | Photo Credit: PTI

“Curfew was relaxed for four hours in Bhaderwah town of Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda as the Friday prayers concluded peacefully across the district amid additional deployment of forces to maintain law and order,” officials said.

The curfew in Bhaderwah town was imposed on June 9 following communal tension in the wake of protests over the controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammad by now-removed BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and some social posts by local right wing activists in her support.

The curfew was relaxed from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., shortly after the Friday prayers, the officials said. On June 17, the curfew was relaxed twice for a total of five hours in the town - from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. - and the relaxation period ended peacefully without any untoward incident.

Officials said senior police and civil officers reviewed the situation early this morning and decided to continue the curfew without any relaxation in the town to ward off any trouble during the prayers.

One person was arrested and nine others detained for creating communal tension over the past week following registration of three FIRs at the local police station. “A lookout notice was also pasted at the house of an accused who is evading arrest despite raids at several places in Bhaderwah,” the officials said.

Assuring full cooperation to the administration, Anjuman-e-Islamia sought the arrest of all those behind fanning communal hatred.

"People from only one community were arrested or detained so far but those belonging to other communities, who provoked the people through social media posts, have been let off. One among them has sought an anticipatory bail," an office-bearer of the religious group said.

Meanwhile, in Jammu district, too, policemen were deployed in strength outside mosques with a direction to not allow any street protest after the Friday prayers, officials said. Protests were witnessed in various parts of the city, including Gujjar Nagar, Talab Khatikan and Bathindi over the past week against the remarks on the Prophet.


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