India: Curfew imposed in Rajouri town of Jammu and Kashmir amid communal tensions

Rajouri district magistrate Shabir Ahmed Bhat said that camel meat was recovered from some passengers in a commercial vehicle which led to the spread of rumours, following which clashes erupted in some parts of Rajouri town. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Jammu and Kashmir Sep 14, 2016, 09.42 PM (IST)
Curfew was imposed tonight in Rajouri town of Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday night in the wake of communal tensions. 

According to police, the curfew was imposed after tension prevailed between members of two communities in Rajouri town following a stone-pelting incident over the rumours of alleged sacrilegious act. 

"Curfew was imposed in the Rajouri town tonight. There were incidents of heavy stone-pelting and communal tension in the town," inspector general of police Johny William told PTI.

"The situation is tense but under control," William said.

Rajouri district magistrate Shabir Ahmed Bhat said that camel meat was recovered from some passengers in a commercial vehicle which led to the spread of rumours, following which clashes erupted in some parts of Rajouri town, prompting the district administration to impose curfew to avoid any loss of life and property.

An investigation has been initiated by the police into the alleged instigation of the mob which led to damage to property and a case has been registered in the matter. 

(WION with inputs from PTI)
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