Kishtwar killing: Curfew lifted at 2 pm, reimposed at 4 pm

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Srinagar: The district administration on Monday announced a relaxation of two hours in the curfew imposed in Kishtwar following the killing of BJP State Secretary Anil Parihar and his brother.

Anil and Ajit Parihar were returning home on Thursday evening after closing their stationery shop when unidentified gunmen fired at them in Tappal Gali area of Kishtwar town.

A district administration official said the curfew was relaxed from 2PM to 4 PM.

Soon after relaxation, there was a rush in the market for purchase of essential commodities.

Meanwhile, large contingents of police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in the district to “maintain law and order in the area.”

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said Monday that those involved in the killings have been identified.

The Governor said that both the killings ‘were the handiwork of terrorists’. “The killers have been identified and they will be before you soon, ” he added.

Malik said these killings were carried out by militants out of frustration as, during the last two months, people in the country have seen that all the four phases of urban local body polls completed without any killing in the valley.

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Authorities had also suspended mobile Internet services in Kishtwar and other sensitive areas of the Chenab Valley. Later, internet was restored on Saturday evening.

The cremation of the senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and his brother took place on Friday and was attended by MoS PMO Jitendra Singh and all other BJP leaders of the state.

The prayer leader of Jama Masjid Kishtwar, Farooq Kitchloo, after the Friday prayers, had appealed to the public to attend the last rites of killed BJP senior leader, Anil Parihar and his brother, Greater Kashmir reported. The move was seen as a show of solidarity with the minority community.

The Indian Army had carried out a flag march in the curfew bound areas of Kishtwar while the police and paramilitary forces had been deployed in Bhaderwah and parts of Doda districts.

Protests were reported in Jammu, Reasi, Udhampur, Ramban, Kathua, Bhaderwah and Samba areas of the region.

A complete shutdown was observed on Friday in the Chenab Valley against the killings.

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