Top civil, police officials review situation

People queue up outside an ATM during relaxation in curfew on Monday. -Excelsior/Tilak Raj
People queue up outside an ATM during relaxation in curfew on Monday. -Excelsior/Tilak Raj

Day curfew lifted in Bhaderwah

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, May 20: Day curfew was lifted in Bhaderwah town today-five days after it was imposed in view of violence and arson following a mysterious killing-while Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh, joined by IGP Jammu MK Sinha and Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma visited Bhaderwah to review the situation and inter-act with representatives of both the communities to defuse tension.

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Deputy Commissioner Doda, Sagar Doifode and SSP Doda Shabir Ahmed Malik after a meeting decided to relax curfew in entire Bhaderwah town for two hours from 10 am to 12 noon. However, as situation remained normal during curfew relaxation period, authorities didn’t re-impose curfew till 8 pm.
Night curfew will remain in force from 8 pm to 8 am, Malik told the Excelsior. He said no untoward incident or protests were reported from any part of the town, where curfew was imposed on Thursday morning following violence and arson by the majority community in the aftermath of killing of 52-year old Nayeem Shah and injuries to Yasir Khan in the wee hours at Nalthi under mysterious circumstances.
Yesterday, curfew was relaxed for the first time for three hours in two phases.
Meanwhile, a breakthrough in the killing of Nayeem Shah remained elusive to the police so far. Police was working on various angles to solve the mystery.
Meanwhile, DGP Dilbag Singh, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma, IGP Jammu MK Sinha, DIG Doda Bhim Sen Tooty, DC Doda Sagar Doifode and SSP Doda Shabir Ahmed Malik today held meeting with representative of both the communities at Dak Bungalow Bhaderwah and listened to their problems.
People demanded an independent and impartial inquiry into the killing of Nayeem Shah and stern action against the culprits as well as accused responsible for targeting property of minorities after the killing. They demanded ex-gratia relief for the family of the deceased and a Government job and compensation for those whose property was torched and damaged.
Dilbag, Verma and Sinha assured the people that an impartial probe is being carried out and all the culprits will be brought to book soon.
Speaking to reporters later, Dilbag said: “We met with both the communities and also with the visiting leaders of BJP. We assured everyone that investigation of the case will be carried on merit and as per law. There will be no partiality and all the culprits will be booked. We also appealed to the people to maintain age-old peace and harmony during the ongoing trying times.”
When asked about the restrictions, the DGP said, “We have lifted day curfew, I think situation has improved a lot and regarding night curfew and internet restrictions, the district administration will take a decision about it and hopefully soon, all the restrictions will be lifted.”
After meeting with representatives of both the communities, Dilbag separately met with BJP leaders including Rajya Sabha MP Shamsher Singh Manhas, BJP general secretary (Organizations) Ashok Koul, and ex-MLAs Shakti Raj Parihar, Sunil Sharma and Daleep Singh Parihar.
“After higher authorities review overall law and order situation, a decision to lift the curfew completely and restore the internet services will be taken, “Tehsildar Bhaderwah, Zeeshan Tahir said.
During relaxation in curfew, shops and business establishments opened and large numbers of people were seen purchasing goods and eatables.