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Day curfew lifted in Kishtwar

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Day curfew was lifted from the communally sensitive township of and Kashmir Tuesday after remaining in force for a week following the killing of a senior and his security guard, said.

However, night curfew along with prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC banning assembly of more than four persons will remain in force in the town and adjoining areas as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, District Development Commissioner, Kishtwar, told

Curfew was promulgated in the town and adjoining areas on April 9 after the terror attack on senior and his inside a health centre, triggering violent protests.

With the improvement in the situation, the day curfew was lifted from 6 am today. The has also been withdrawn from the town and adjoining areas, Rana said.

Curfew was relaxed initially for three hours in the entire town from 12 pm to 3 pm and later from 5 pm to 6.30 pm on Monday and the relaxation period passed off peacefully with no untoward incident reported from anywhere, prompting authorities to consider lifting of restrictions, he said.

However, officials said a group of people staged a peaceful protest in the town briefly seeking action against those behind the murder of the Protesters dispersed after senior civil and police officers assured them that efforts are on to nab the culprits.

Rana said police and paramilitary forces will remain deployed in strength in sensitive areas of the town to maintain law and order.

The killing of the RSS leader triggered violent protest with protesters ransacking the office of the of police, forcing authorities to impose strict curfew in the town and adjoining areas besides suspending in the entire comprising Kishtwar, Doda and Rajouri districts.

While were restored in Doda and Ramban districts on Friday night, the service was also restored in on Monday with the improvement in the situation.

Police had picked up several over (OGWs) for interrogation in connection with the killing of Sharma and his PSO and also seized the car used in the attack.

Police also released a photograph of the car owner, Zahid Hussain, who is absconding.

Kishtwar, which is part of the Udhampur Lok Sabha seat, goes to polls on April 18.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 10:10 IST