Curfew remains in force in Mendhar, relaxed in Poonch

Curfew remained clamped in violence-hit Mendhar town for fifth day on Sunday while it was relaxed for six hours in Poonch in Jammu division.

Jammu: Curfew remained clamped in
violence-hit Mendhar town for fifth day on Sunday while it was
relaxed for six hours in Poonch in Jammu division.

The situation was tense but under control in both the
border towns, a police spokesman said here.

"Curfew continued for 5th day in Mendhar border town, but
it was relaxed for six hours in Poonch town where it passed
off peacefully," Police officials said today.

The curfew was imposed in Mendhar town on Wednesday after
three persons were killed and 13 others injured in alleged
police firing to quell a mob trying to set ablaze a missionary
school while protesting alleged desecration of a holy book in
the US.

In Poonch, the restriction was imposed on Tuesday after
violent protests in which over 20 people, including four cops,
were injured.

Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered a high-level
probe and lodged a case against a Sub-Divisional Police
Officer (SDPO) and five security men in connection with the
firing.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah reviewed the security
situation in the towns at a high-level security meeting in
Rajouri yesterday.

He appealed to people of the twin districts to maintain
calm and foil the designs of anti-social and anti-national
elements.

PTI

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