Indian Army stages flag march in Kishtwar, situation tense but under control, say officials

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Srinagar: The Indian Army staged a flag march in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar town after curfew was imposed following the killings of senior BJP leader and his brother by unknown gunmen Thursday night, officials said Friday, PTI reported.

District Magistrate Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana told PTI the situation was tense but under control.

“The Army staged a flag march in Kishtwar town in order to maintain law and order,” Rana told PTI.

He said the curfew, which was imposed in the town late night Thursday, was strictly in place and additional armed forces’ personnel were deployed in sensitive areas of the town.

Rana said there were no reports of any untoward incidents.

SSP Kishtwar Rajinder Gupta said a hunt was launched to track down those involved in the case.

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Following the killing of BJP state secretary Anil Parihar, and his brother, Ajeet Parihar, people had angrily protested in the town and manhandled senior police officials.

The district magistrate had requested the Indian Army in the town and its adjoining areas to control the internal security situation that arose due to the killings.

He took the decision as he apprehended that violence might erupt and result in law and order problem, endangering the life and property of citizens of Kishtwar town.

Kishtwar district had witnessed communal clashes in the past.

The killings of Parihar brothers drew severe condemnation from all quarters.

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The senior BJP leader and his brother were killed when were returning home after closing their stationary shop located outside old DC office complex, officials said.

As two were walking towards their home in Parihar mohalla through a dark lane in Tapal Mohalla, they were fired upon from a close range by gunmen around 8.40 pm, they said.

The assailants were apparently waiting for the brothers to return home, they said.

The people rushed to the spot after hearing gunshots and rushed them to the district hospital in Kishtwar where they were declared brought dead, they added.

As the news spread locals rushed to hospital and the brothers’ house, where they held protests against the alleged failure of the administration and the police.

Angry people manhandled policemen, including the SSP, after arguing with them. They also clashed with the police and forced them to leave the hospital.

The angry mob raised anti-Pakistan slogans demanding arrest of those involved in the killings. The protestors later also took to streets and held a protest near the Kishtwar Police Station.

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