BHADERWAH/JAMMU, June 15: Curfew was relaxed for two hours in Bhaderwah town of Doda district after seven days today while it was completely lifted in Kishtwar district.
Curfew and strict restrictions under prohibitory orders were imposed in parts of Doda and Kishtwar districts on June 9 following communal tension in the wake of inflammatory speech over the remarks of former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma.
The broadband and mobile internet services, however, remained suspended for the seventh consecutive day in both Doda and Kishtwar districts.
“The curfew was relaxed in Bhaderwah town for two hours from 3.30 pm till 5.30 pm.”
He said the relaxation followed a series of meetings between socio-religious organisations and the civil-police administration during which both the communities, including representatives of Shri Sanatan Dharam Sabha in Bhaderwah, Anjuman-e-Islamia and senior citizens council called for maintaining peace and brotherhood.
During the meeting, Senior Citizens Council Bhaderwah urged the administration to relax the curfew to allow people to buy essential commodities.
Shops and business establishments reopened soon after the relaxation was announced and people were seen making purchases, officials said, adding security forces are deployed in strength and are keeping a close watch on the situation.
Meanwhile, curfew was lifted from Kishtwar town early this morning.
The curfew was relaxed for one-and-a-half hours on Monday and five hours on Tuesday and there was no untoward incident reported from anywhere during the relaxation period.
“After 5-hours relaxation yesterday (Tuesday), a full day relaxation was given in curfew today and the situation in the entire district is normal,” reports said.
People from both communities took out peace rally in Kishtwar from Bus Stand to Dak Bungalow.