Jammu: Fresh clashes erupted in curfew-clamped Kishtwar district in Jammu region leaving 10 people, including an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), injured.
The trouble arose when police stopped protesters from marching to Hidyal area in Kishtwar in defiance of the curfew which remained in force for the fourth consecutive day. The locals were protesting the arrest of a youth for his alleged involvement in communal violence in Kishtwar.
As clashes broke out, police swung batons and fired tear gas shells to bring the situation under control. Eye-witnesses said they also fired in the air to disperse the protesters. ASP Kulbir Singh and a Selection Grade Constable were among six people injured in the clashes.
Last night, four policemen were injured in Shalimar area in Kishtwar when unidentified persons attacked their vehicle and set it on fire, officials said. The attackers also took away 10 wireless sets, they said.
"Ten miscreants have been arrested in connection with the Kishtwar violence and the process of further arrests is on," State's Home Commisioner Suresh Kumar told PTI. The FIRs had been been registered and investigations were on, he said.
In Jammu, a vehicle was torched in Raipur Chowk and a child was injured as stray incidents of violence took place last evening. There were reports of stone-pelting in Janipur, Raipur and Subash Nagar areas but no one was injured.
In curfew-bound Kishtwar, a vehicle was set ablaze by some persons, reports said. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had ordered a judicial inquiry, headed by a retired High Court judge, into Kishtwar communal violence that left three dead and 20 injured.
Curfew, clamped in the aftermath of communal clashes which erupted in Kishtwar on Friday, remained in force in six districts of Jammu region. Army has been staging flag marches to strictly enforce curfew restrictions and maintain law and order.
Updated Date: Aug 12, 2013 21:58:32 IST