Curfew clamped in five more districts of Kashmir, Jaitley sent back

Curfew was clamped in 5 more districts in Jammu and Army staged flag march as administration declared violence-rocked Kishtwar out of bounds for politicians, detaining BJP`s Arun Jaitley at airport.

Last Updated: Aug 11, 2013, 20:38 PM IST

Jammu: Curfew was clamped in 5 more districts in Jammu region on Sunday and Army staged flag marches as the administration declared violence-rocked Kishtwar out of bounds for politicians, detaining BJP leader Arun Jaitley at the airport here and sending him back to Delhi.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah flew to the winter capital and reviewed the situation, directing stern action against those disturbing peace.

One more body was found in Kishtwar, scene of communal clashes, which remained curfew-bound for the third consecutive day today but authorities were yet to find out whether he died in violence.

The Chief Minister also said it was being ascertained whether he died in clashes or due to some other reasons.

Curfew was imposed in Kishtwar after Friday`s clashes that left two dead and scores injured.

Last night, curfew was clamped in Jammu and Rajouri districts and the Army was called out after incidents of arson and violence.

It was extended today to Udhampur, Samba, Kathua and Bhaderwah town in Doda, affecting 8 out of 10 districts in Jammu region.

Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley was detained as he arrived at the airport here on his way to Kishtwar, drawing sharp reaction from the BJP which termed it as undemocratic.

He was sent back to Delhi at around 1545 hours by flight, officials said.

BJP Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab Avinash Rai Khanna, who was to accompany Jaitley to Kishtwar, was also detained by police while he was trying to enter Kathua this morning.

PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti claimed she was prevented from leaving her house in Srinagar for visiting violence-hit areas in Jammu region.

PTI