Curfew imposed in more areas of Jammu & Kashmir, Army called in, leaders denied entry

Jammu/Srinagar: Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti were among the leaders who were stopped by authorities from visiting Kishtwar district which has been hit by communal violence in the past few days.
Curfew today clamped in three more districts of Udhampur, Samba and Kathua in Jammu region and Army staged flag marches as tension prevailed following outbreak of communal violence in Kishtwar on Friday that left two persons dead and scores of others injured.
While Kistwar remained curfew bound for the third consecutive day today, curfew was imposed in Jammu and Rajouri districts and Army called out after some incidents of arson and violence last night.
"Army has also been deployed in the areas to assist local administration", Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Shantmanu told PTI. "The situation is tense but under control. There are no reports of any untoward incident today. Army has staged flag marches in several areas."
Have duty towards people: Mufti
"A police team has been deployed outside the main gate of my residence and we are not being allowed to leave the premises," Mehbooba told PTI.
The PDP president said she along with some other party colleagues wanted to visit Kishtwar town, which has been hit by communal violence since Eid on Friday.
The PDP president said she had a duty towards the people of the state as she is the leader of the opposition in the state assembly.
"I have some duty towards the people as leader of opposition. Our visit to the area was with the aim of calming the frayed tempers. We are a responsible party," she added.
Shoot at sight ordered in Kishtwar
Following renewed violence, the authorities have issued shoot-at-sight orders and the Army on Saturday again staged a flag march through the streets of Kishtwar town.
The SPs of Udhampur, Kathua and Samba districts are monitoring the situation round-the clock. Pathankote-Jammu-Srinagar highway, which is the only surface link between Kashmir and rest of the country is being kept open by the authorities amid deployment of additional forces.
Restrictions have been imposed on assembly of people in areas other than under curfew, police said. Authorities imposed curfew and deployed army in the Jammu and Rajouri districts last night after some incidents of arson and communal tension.
Public transport was off the roads but few private cars and autorickshaws were seen plying.
The authorities have kept police and paramilitary personnel on the stand-by to meet any eventuality in the city and other vulnerable areas of the Valley, official sources said.
Geelani, who described the situation in Kishtwar town, as "grave" had said "the future course of action will be decided after reviewing the situation in the affected areas."

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