Land row: Curfew in two more towns of Jammu

August 3rd, 2008 - 2:32 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Amarnath Shrine

Jammu, Aug 3 (IANS) Curfew was imposed in two more towns of the Jammu region Sunday after authorities feared a flare up in communal tension as more than a month-long agitation for the return of land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board continues here. Curfew was clamped on Udhampur and Rajouri towns following incidents of communal unrest there Saturday night, according to officials.

“It is a preventive measure”, inspector general of police K. Rajendra told IANS.

Jammu and Samba districts are already under curfew and sources said the Indian Army has been called out in all these places to ensure the situation remains under control.

Rajendra said the situation was “under control” elsewhere. “No untoward incident has been reported from any where in the region Sunday,” he said.

Amid tension over the land row, groups from two communities clashed in the border town of Rajouri late Saturday evening but the police intervened and brought the situation under control.

Hindus and Muslims took out processions for and against restoring the land to the SASB and when the two groups reached the bus stand in the heart of the town, 160 km north of here, they started throwing stones at each other and damaged vehicles.

Protesters in Jammu have been agitating for the past over one month for the restoration of 40 hectares of land to SASB that was given to the shrine board May 26 and then withdrawn July 1.

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