Most parts of this border district Wednesday witnessed protests over alleged desecration of religious scriptures, while Rajouri town remained under curfew for the second consecutive day.
Curfew in the town was extended for the second day today which was imposed after yesterday's protests in the district by members of the majority community over alleged burning of 'Islamic State' flags carrying religious scriptures by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists.
Reports said authorities have also suspended internet services in Rajouri town, while section 144 remained in places in the outskirts. However minor clashes between police and protesters were reported in nearby towns of Budhal and Kotranka.
Members of the majority community in Budhal and Kotranka announced a shutdown to press for their demand of arresting the VHP and Bajrnag Dal activists who allegedly burnt IS flag, carrying religious scripture.
While talking to Greater Kashmir, District Magistrate, Rajouri said that the situation is under control and curfew has been extended only as a precautionary measure.
She said that the police and the civil administration were keeping close tab on the situation "and we are hopeful that the situation will improve soon and the curfew will also be lifted from the town".
She also informed that the Army was not deployed in the town and only the local police and paramilitary forces have been deployed to enforce the curfew in the area. However, senior police officials confirmed that the Army had been called out for a flag march in the town which they did on their vehicles.
Meanwhile, police arrested over 18 youth in the district 'for creating tension'.
SSP Rajouri, Dr Haseeb Mudgal said that situation is limping to normal after leaders of the two community held talks and agreed to resolve the issue amicably.
"Around 18 persons who were involved in the stone pelting have been booked by the police in the town," the SSP said.