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Kishtwar killings: Curfew on fifth consecutive day, DDC Kishtwar says ‘law and order situation normal’

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Srinagar: For the fifth consecutive day, curfew continued in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar town Monday which was imposed following the killing of BJP leader State Secretary Anil Parihar and his brother Ajeet by unknown gunmen, officials said, PTI reported.

However, the curfew was relaxed in the district for two hours on Saturday and four hours on Sunday, they said.

District Development Commissioner, Kishtwar, Angrez Singh Rana said that the curfew continued to remain imposed Monday and relaxations, if any, will be decided later in the day.

He said the law and order situation is normal and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the district.

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.

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.

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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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