Curfew Reimposed in Rajouri After Two Hours' Relaxation

Curfew Reimposed in Rajouri After Two Hours' Relaxation

 Curfew which was relaxed for two hours in Rajouri town today was again reimposed for the second consecutive day.

Authorities had relaxed the curfew for two hours today after which it was imposed once again to foil any untoward incident as the situation continues to be tense but under control, the police said.

Curfew was imposed in Rajouri town yesterday after some VHP activists reportedly burnt terror outfit IS's flag, leading to protests by minority groups who said that the flag bore religious scripture.

Clashes were reported in parts of Old city area as some youths, while defying curfew, pelted stones at policemen.

"Situation has started to return to normal but the curfew remains in the old Rajouri town under the limits of one municipality," DIG Rajouri Poonch Range A K Atri told PTI.

He said that the situation became normal after leaders of the two community held talks and agreed to resolve the issue amicably.

"The leaders of the two communities held a meeting last evening and decided to resolve the issue amicably," Atri said.

The officer said that the police has taken into custody 20 people who were trying to disrupt the law and order situation in the town, by resorting to stone pelting.

"Around 20 miscreants who were involved in the incident of stone pelting have been booked by the police in the town," the DIG said.

Atri said that the police and the civil administration was keeping an eye on the situation and they are hopeful that the curfew would be lifted from the town as soon as the situation returns to complete normal.

He said that the army was not deployed, but it was only the local police that was enforcing the curfew in the area.

"The army was called out for a flag march which they did on their vehicles, the army has not been deployed, but it is only the local police which has been deployed to enforce the curfew and it is the local police which is ensuring the law and order situation in the town," Atri said.

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