New Delhi: A day after violence was reported in Jammu city during protests against the Pulwama terror attack, in which 42 CRPF personnel were killed, curfew has been imposed for the second day running as the unrest continued in the city, on Saturday. The Army staged flag marches in sensitive localities to bring the situation under control.
Curfew was clamped in the town, on Friday, following violence during a Jammu bandh called by the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry to protest the jihadist suicide attack on the CRPF convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, on Thursday.
Over a dozen people have been injured in mob attacks and the curfew was imposed to avoid a communal backlash. Protestors refused to disperse even after the curfew was imposed.
Deputy commissioner of Jammu Ramesh Kumar said, “We have imposed curfew in Jammu city as a precautionary measure.”
The Army was called to conduct a flag march in Gujjar Nagar, where several vehicles were damaged by stone pelters. Although, the police managed to prevent a major clash.
Jammu & Kashmir leaders Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah also condemned the violence.
In a tweet, Mehbooba Mufti said, “Distressed to hear about miscreants in Jammu trying to take advantage of the situation by inciting tension. Guv adm should have preempted this by securing minority dominated areas. Have spoken to IG Jammu to deploy additional security.”
Distressed to hear about miscreants in Jammu trying to take advantage of the situation by inciting tension. Guv adm should have preempted this by securing minority dominated areas. Have spoken to IG Jammu to deploy additional security.— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) February 15, 2019