Curfew was relaxed for two hours on Wednesday in Bhaderwah town of Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda while it was completely lifted in the neighboring Kishtwar district headquarters, officials said. Curfew and strict restrictions under prohibitory orders were imposed in parts of the Jammu region Chenab valley, including Bhaderwah and Kishtwar on June 9 following communal tension in the wake of protests over the remarks of former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma on Prophet Mohammad and social media posts by some right-wing local activists in her support.
The broadband and mobile internet services, however, remained suspended for the seventh consecutive day in both Doda and Kishtwar districts. “The curfew was relaxed in Bhaderwah town for two hours from 3.30 pm till 5.30 pm,” Additional Deputy Commissioner, Bhaderwah, Dil Mir Chowdhary told PTI. He said the relaxation followed a series of meetings between socio-religious organizations and the civil-police administration during which both the communities, including representatives of Shri Sanatan Dharam Sabha in Bhaderwah, Anjuman-e-Islamia and the senior citizens council called for maintaining peace and brotherhood.
Officials said the meeting was also attended by Deputy Commissioner Doda, Vikas Sharma, and Senior Superintendent of Police Abdul Qayoom. During the meeting, the senior citizens’ Council Bhadarwah urged the administration to relax the curfew to allow people to buy essential commodities.
Shops and business establishments reopened soon after the relaxation was announced and people were seen making purchases, officials said, adding security forces are deployed in strength and are keeping a close watch on the situation. Senior Superintendent of Police, Kishtwar, Shafqat Hussain Bhat said the day curfew was lifted from Kishtwar town early this morning.
The curfew was relaxed for one-and-a-half hours on Monday and five hours on Tuesday and there was no untoward incident reported from anywhere during the relaxation period. “After 5 hours of relaxation yesterday (Tuesday), a full-day relaxation was given in curfew today and the situation in the entire district is normal,” the SSP said.