Kishtwar violence: Journalists barred from entering strife-torn town

Jammu and Kashmir: While curfew continued to remain imposed for the third consecutive day in Kishtwar  following communal clashes, the state government has decided to not allow the journalists to report from the disturbed town.

In one of the worst communal clashes that Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed in the recent times, two people lost their lives on the eve of the Eid prayers.

“We can't venture out of our homes as the Army has barred us from doing so. We are trying to get in touch with the district administration but our calls are going unanswered," Altaf Ahmad, a journalist from Kishtwar town told Firstpost over phone.

CNN IBN's Srinagar bureau chief Mufti Islah, along with his crew, was reportedly turned away from the fringes of Kishtwar town yesterday.

Representative image. AFP.

Representative image. AFP.

“A journalist from a television channel is stuck in a bungalow in Kishtwar. He too has not been allowed to leave his accommodation," said Ashiq Ahmed, another journalist told Firstpost.

Several other journalists, who were tried to enter Kishtwar were stopped and sent back.

BJP has extended its shutdown in Jammu to 48 hours and hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani in Kashmir has called for a state-wide shutdown against the Kishtwar incident on Sunday.

Today the senior BJP leader and parliament member Arun Jaitley was also stopped from visiting the town.

The BJP has demanded that Jammu and Kashmir minister of state, home, Sajjad Kichloo be sacked.

The ruling national conference party on Sunday appealed to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to maintain peace, harmony and tranquility at all costs. In statement issued here National Conference leaders said that Jammu and Kashmir has been an abode of peace where people of different faiths have been living in complete harmony and brotherhood from times immemorial.

They said that any sort of discord among different sections of the society does not go well with the time tested unity and glorious traditions of the state.

Published Date: Aug 11, 2013 13:22 PM | Updated Date: Aug 11, 2013 17:20 PM

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