Kishtwar live: Omar, BJP continue blame game as issue rocks Parl

2.35 pm: Violence issue rocks Parl again as Omar, BJP continue blame game

The violence in Kishtwar was again discussed in the Parliament today with the BJP hitting out at the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister.

The BJP was also engaged in a slanging match with Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah over the issue, NDTV reported.

Yesterday's blame game between the BJP and the Omar government continued today with the BJP government hitting out at Omar Abdullah.

NDTV reported that the BJP called Omar Abdullah factually incorrect after the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister accused the party of hypocrisy and ignoring major lapses by Narendra Modi during the Gujarat violence in 2002.

12.15 pm: SC directs J&K chief secy to file affidavit on Kishtwar violence

The Supreme Court on Tuesday has asked Jammu Kashmir Chief Secretary to file a detailed affidavit on Kishtwar violence and reply with the subsequent steps taken by the government.

7.50 am: Amarnath Yatra resumes

The Amarnath Yatra, which was halted in the wake of communal violence in Kishtwar, has resumed today. This will come as a relief to the thousands of people who were stuck in parts of Jammu due to the bandh and curfew in the wake of the violence.

Meanwhile in the capital, the Supreme Court will be hearing a PIL seeking to provide adequate security to pilgrims stranded in the region.

On Monday J& K home minister Sajjad Kichloo resigned amid opposition uproar over communal violence in Kisthwar with Finance Minister P Chidambaram and the BJP's Arun jaitley sparring in parliament over the fallout.

Over a 100 people have been arrested so far in connection with the violence that has killed at least three people.

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10.19 pm: Amarnath Yatra to resume tomorrow

The Jammu and Kashmir government has announced that the Amarnath Yatra will resume from Jammu tomorrow.

The Amarnath Yatra was stopped in view of the clashes in the Kishtwar district.

9.15 pm: BJP creating communal violence, says Omar

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah slammed Gujarat chief minister for his statements and said the Kishtwar issue was being politicised.

"Politics is being played on the Kishtwar clashes. Narendra Modi's statements in Hyderabad are irresponsible," CNN-IBN quoted Abdullah as saying.

Abdullah also told CNN-IBN that the BJP is fuelling violence in the state. "The only people who can create communal tension in the state are the BJP."

5.04 pm: MHA sends law and order advisory to J&K govt

The Union Home Ministry today sent a Law and Order Maintenance advisory to the Jammu and Kashmir government.

Times Now reports that the MHA was not to happy with the response of the J&K government. The advisory says that the state government must maintain peace and communal harmony.

4.42 pm: Ashamed of BJP drama in Parl, says Mehbooba Mufti

PDP's Mehbooba Mufti has hit out at the BJP and Omar Abdullah's National Conference saying the BJP drama in the Parliament has not given out a good message to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, reported CNN-IBN

"There seems to be a method and madness between National Conference and BJP. I am ashamed of the BJP drama in Parliament," she said, and added, "Parliament has not given a good message to people of J&K."

3.41 pm: Fresh violence breaks out in Kishtwar

Fresh violence broke out in the Hadyal region of the Kishtwar district as protesters clashed with the police.

Times Now reported that one ASP and two constables were injured in the clashes.

3.12 pm: Mayawati demands president's rule

BSP today demanded dismissal of the Omar Abdullah government in Jammu and Kashmir, saying it had failed to curb the violence in Kishtwar.

"J-K government should be dismissed and President's rule should be imposed in the state," BSP chief Mayawati said outside Parliament House.

Read full report here.

3.03 pm: Omar Abdullah calls for all-party meet

Amid growing worries and political blame games, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah called for an all-party meeting to discuss the situation in the state.

Abdullah has been criticised for not allowing political leaders and ministers in the Kishtwar region.

2.44 pm: Muslim neighbours help Hindu doctor tie knot amid violence

While tension remained high in the Kishtwar region, Muslim neighbours helped a Hindu doctor get married during the curfew.

The neighbours helped Ashish Sharma's relatives move through tense areas  to the district court from where the wedding procession moved to the Poonchal area, reported CNN-IBN.

2.22 pm: BJP, RSS inciting violence, alleges CPM

The CPM today accused the BJP and the RSS of provoking violence against Muslims in the Jammu region and urged the state to take firm steps against rumour mongers and rioters.

Voicing serious concern over the violence in Kishtwar and elsewhere that has claimed two lives, the CPM said it was unfortunate that it took several hours for police and the administration to act.

"In the meanwhile, the rioters had a free run. If the authorities had acted in time lives and property could have been saved and situation could have been brought under control. There are reports that activists of the BJP, RSS (and) VHP are fanning out and inciting people to attack houses and shops owned by the minority community," a statement from the Communist Party of India-Marxist said.

"This situation is providing further grist to the mill of separatist elements in the Kashmir valley who are attempting to create further trouble.

"Despite aberrations, the people of the state have maintained communal harmony and brotherhood till now. Attempts to sow discord among the people on religious and communal lines must be defeated."

The CPM urged the state administration "to act firmly against elements desperate to disturb peace and harmony in the state".


2.11 pm: Omar slams Modi over handling of 2002 riots

Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took a dig at the BJP on Twitter over the latters handling of the 2002 Gujarat riots.

"Would Jaitley be so kind as to inform Parliament whether the Gujarat Home Minister or MOS Home resigned or even offered to in 2002!," he tweeted.

"Oh that's right they can't because their star PM hopeful waited days to call out the army & has yet to apologise. Hypocrites."

1.55 pm: Have asked Governor to accept Kitchloo's resignation, says Omar

Jammu Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah on Monday tweeted that he has accepted the resignation of his Home minister and has forwarded the same to the Governor.

"I have received Sajaad Kitchloo's resignation asking to be relieved of his responsibilities pending the outcome of the judicial inquiry.. I am forwarding the same to the Hon. Governor with the recommendation that it be accepted," Abdullah said.

"My conscience does not allow me to continue as minister. I have decided to proceed from party HQ to CMs residence to tender my resignation," Kitchloo had said.

1.23 pm: Govt imposing censorship in Jammu, says Jaitley

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley accused the government of imposing censorship in Jammu Kashmir.

"Do we enforce censorship at such times? Do we adopt an ostrich like approach? The media doesn't publish anything. This is not merely a problem between communities. Do we have media censorship or ostrich-like attitude and not report what is happening? You are putting an iron curtain on J&K," Jaitley said.

"The issue relates to India's sovereignty and integrity. This country is still struggling to see how people of one section are selectively targeted," he said.

1.05 pm: J&K Home Minister Kichloo offers to resign

Jammu Kashmir Home Minister Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo has offered to resign over violence in Kishtwar district of Jammu, media reports said on Monday.

Meanwhile, government officials have told ANI that at least 10 people have been arrested in connection with the violence.

12.15 pm: JKLF leader Yasin Malik placed under arrested

Jammu Kashmir Police have arrested Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front leader Yasin Malik ahead of a peace rally he had planned later in the day. 

Malik had called for a march from Maisuma to Lal Chowk, on Monday to send a message of peace in the wake of communal violence in Kishtwar.

11.25 am: Will provide all support to state government, says RPN Singh

Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh on Monday said all possible support is being provided to the Jammu Kashmir government over violence at Kishtwar.

Speaking to ANI, Singh said the state police have been asked to arrest all miscreants as soon as possible so that normalcy can return in the state.

10.20 am: Judicial inquiry ordered into Kishtwar violence

The Jammu & Kashmir government has ordered a judicial inquiry into the Kishtwar violence that has caused massive tension across the region.

The news was tweeted out by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who said the inquiry would be headed by a retired judge:



Meanwhile, the BJP has hit out at the state government, questioning the manner in which the violence was handled. Senior leader Arun Jaitley who was detained at the Jammu airport and not allowed to visit the region asked why the violence continued unabated for 6-7 hours.

BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain said, "there is tension in region, the Central Govt has failed,we will raise this issue in Parliament".

8.50 am: All highways leading to Jammu shut, curfew imposed

With the tension originating in Kishtwar leading to other areas as well, curfew has been imposed in the state. Speaking to CNN-IBN, the DIG of Jammu confirmed that curfew had been imposed and the army had been deployed. He added that the situation was currently under control.

All highways leading to Jammu have shut as a precautionary measure as well. In addition to Jammu, there is also curfew in other areas like Rajouri. The army has taken out a flag march in the region and mobile Internet services have been suspended.

Updates end for 11 August

4.34 pm: Yasin Malik appeals for calm in clash hit regions

Separatist Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Yasin Malik today appealed to people in communal clash-hit regions of the state to maintain peace and brotherhood.

"I appeal to my Hindu and Muslim brothers in Jammu to maintain peace, harmony and brotherhood. Fighting each other and burning houses is easy, but only those who go through such trauma know what it means," Malik told reporters here.

Malik also appealed to "sane" voices in Jammu to come forward and "douse the flames triggered by communal clashes".

"Sane voices are there in every society, we want them to come out, pacify people and help in dousing the flames and defeat those behind all this (clashes)," he said, alleging some political parties were behind the clashes.

Malik demanded immediate disbanding of Village Defence Committees (VDCs) and said his group will hold peaceful protests here after noon prayers tomorrow.

"We will demand disbanding of VDCs and send a message to the people in a peaceful manner," he said.


2.02 pm: Omar slams BJP, leaves for Jammu to take stock of situation

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has left for Jammu to take stock of the prevailing situation in the region.

He is likely to hold meetings with civil society members and citizens to seek their cooperation in maintaining peace.

After addressing a press conference in Srinagar, Abdullah went to airport, accompanied by members of his cabinet including AR Rather, AM Sagar, Peerzada Mohammad Saeed, Saifullah Mir, Shabir Ahmad Khan and Aijaz Ahmad Khan.

Meanwhile, he has also slammed the BJP, accusing it of trying to flare up the situation in Kishtwar to polarise the population with an eye on next year's elections to parliament and the assembly.

12.52 pm: Journalists barred from covering violence

While the curfew continued on the third consecutive day on Sunday, after one of the worst communal clashes broke in the mountain regions of Kishtwar on Friday, the state government has decided to not allow journalists to report from the communally disturbed town.

“We can’t venture out of our houses, the army is not allowing us to come out. We are trying to get in touch with the district administration, but no one is responding to our calls. ” Altaf Ahmad a journalist from Kishtwar town told Firstpost over the phone.

Yesterday CNN-IBN bureau chief in Srinagar, Mufti Islah, along with his crew were reportedly told to leave the area when they reached the periphery of the town.

“Another journalist from a television channel is stuck inside the Dak Bungalow of Kishtwar, he has not been allowed by the district administration to come out,” said Ashiq Ahmad,a fellow journalist, who was also not allowed to come out of his house said over the phone.

Many journalists travelling from Jammu also were stopped at the Patnitop area and not allowed to proceed toward the town, later they had to go back.

11.36 pm: Omar Abdullah appeals for calm, cooperation

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today appealed to the people of his state to dismiss rumours and cooperate with the administration.

"My appeal to people is not to fall prey to politics. We will do everything that is necessary to maintain peace in Kishtwar. Swift action will follow.. people responsible for the death will be brought to book with strict punishment," said Abdullah.

He also said that he has spoken to the leader of opposition Mehbooba Mufti. "In a telephonic conversation with the leader of opposition I asked her to tell their people in the region to maintain calm and not to flare up the issue," Abdullah said.

11.14 pm: Arun Jaitley not allowed to enter Kishtwar, Modi slams Centre

BJP leader Arun Jaitley, who had planned to lead a party team to trouble-torn Kishtwar in the Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir, found his plans foiled as authorities did not allow him to proceed after he landed at Jammu airport Sunday morning. He has been requested to return, an official said.

PDP's Mehbooba Mufti too wasn't allowed to enter Kishtwar.

Because of this Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in his tweet slammed the Centre saying "the Government does not want the truth about the Kishtwar violence to come out". He also called the incident undemocratic.



11.07 am: Curfew extended to Udhampur, Samba and Kathua districts

While Kistwar remained curfew bound for the third consecutive day today, curfew was today extended to Udhampur, Samba and Kathua
along with Bhaderwah town in Doda, thus affecting seven out of 10 districts of Jammu region.

"Curfew has been imposed in Udhampur, Kathua and Samba districts today as a precautionary measure and 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," he said.

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.

10.53 am: Curfew in Jammu, Rajouri; internet, mobile networks down

Authorities on Sunday imposed indefinite curfew and called out the army to prevent escalation of communal violence in Jammu and Rajouri towns of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. The Amarnath Yatra has been temporarily suspended.

A senior police told IANS that after violence in Kishtwar town, some miscreants were trying to disturb the communal harmony in Jammu city and other parts of the district. "Curfew has been imposed in parts of Jammu city and Rajouri town to maintain law and order. The situation is peaceful and under control. Curfew has been imposed as a preventive measure," the officer said.

The army carried out a flag march after district authorities sought assistance from the general officer commanding (GOC) based in Nagrota.

 Kishtwar live: Omar, BJP continue blame game as issue rocks Parl


The curfew was imposed around midnight in areas like Gandhi Nagar, Pacca Danga, Bakshi Nagar, Pir Mitha, Trikuta Nagar, Janipur, Satwari, Channi Himmat, Bagh-e-Bahu and Nowabad in Jammu city.

Amarnath Yatra pilgrims were told not to proceed towards the Kashmir Valley from here Sunday in view of the tension prevailing in Jammu city and its outskirts.

Police sources said curfew has also been imposed in Rajouri town of Rajouri district in Jammu region, where some miscreants pelted stones at a mosque Saturday evening.

Indefinite curfew continued for the third day Sunday in Kishtwar town where violence claimed two lives and properties worth millions on Friday, in clashes between two communities.

The army was called out to assist the civilian administration Saturday, and staged flag marches in Kishtwar town to instil confidence among the people.

State Home Commissioner Suresh Kumar, Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Prasad and Additional DGP (coordination) P.L. Gupta are camping in Kishtwar.

However, reports reaching here from Paddar area in Kishtwar district said four people were received bullet injuries Saturday in mob firing. Some shops were also damaged during the clashes.

Traffic on the Pathankot-Jammu and Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained disrupted for the entire day Saturday.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has extended its protest shutdown call in Jammu for 48 hours, while hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani has called for a state-wide shutdown against the Kistwar incident Sunday.

Senior BJP leader and parliament member Arun Jaitley is scheduled to visit Kishtwar town Sunday as the head of a fact finding team of the party.

Meanwhile, connectivity and mobile phone services were snapped in Jammu and Kashmir Sunday. Officials unwilling to be quoted admitted that the measure was taken in a bid to prevent the spread of rumours. As tensions escalated in the wake of the clashes Friday last at Kishtwar in Jammu region that left two dead and over 20 injured, authorities have snapped lines of communication. Service providers were tight-lipped about the development, but said this had become standard practice in times when tension simmered in the state.


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Updated Date: Aug 13, 2013 14:41:17 IST