Protest in Delhi over Kishtwar curfew

At least 300 people protested on Saturday outside the Jammu and Kashmir House in Chanakyapuri here over the indefinite curfew clamped in Kishtwar town.

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2013, 15:01 PM IST

New Delhi: At least 300 people protested on Saturday outside the Jammu and Kashmir House in Chanakyapuri here over the indefinite curfew clamped in Kishtwar town.

As the protest by activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Bajrang Dal turned violent, police used water cannons to disperse them.

"Initially the protest was peaceful, but later it turned violent. So, the police had to use water cannons to stop them," said a police officer.

He said the situation was under control.

Curfew is continuing for the second day Saturday in Jammu and Kashmir`s Kishtwar town where two people died and over 60 were injured, following communal clashes Friday.

The clashes between the two communities took place Friday after the Eid prayers when a group of people attacked another section of people raising pro-independence slogans in Kuleed area of Kishtwar, leading to tension.

Mobs torched more than 80 shops, a petrol pump, an oil tanker, some police and fire service vehicles and the office of the chief education officer.

IANS