DC rubbishes rumours
Army staged a flag march after 14 people, including 10 police personnel, were injured as locals protesting an alleged sacrilegious act in Samba district pelted stones on police and indulged in arson late last night.
Curfew was imposed last night after the violence broke out following which the police used batons and teargas to control the situation.
"Curfew has been imposed in view of the violent protests", Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Pawan Kotwal, said.
"Army has staged a flag march to restore peace after violent clashes broke out after a sacrilegious act in Samba district last night", Superintendent of Police, Samba, Joginder Singh told PTI.
An alleged sacrilegious incident took place in Muraeen village near Raya Morh in Samba district last evening, the SP said.
Following the incident, a large number of people assembled on the highway and blocked it.
Raising anti-government slogans, they attacked vehicles on the highway by resorting to stone pelting and indulged in arson, officials said, adding they also set afire the official vehicle of District Magistrate Samba, Sheetal Nunda, who had rushed to the spot soon after the incident came to light.
The protestors clashed with police, who resorted to cane charge and teargas shelling to disperse them.
The violent clashes left 14 people, including 10 policemen, injured.
Those injured included the Deputy Superintendent of Police and the Station House Officer.
The Jammu-Pathankote highway is blocked for traffic in view of violent protests for the past five hours.
"The restriction are being strictly imposed in Samba and heavy deployment of police and CRPF has been done to ensure peace in the area", the SP said, adding the "situation is under control".
Officials suspect some foul play by some persons, including political groups to create communal tension in the district.
Three godowns of scrap dealers have been sealed in connection with the alleged sacrilegious act.
In order to defuse the situation, the Deputy Commissioner held a meeting with village elders.
People in some areas tried to defy the restrictions and held demonstrations against the government over the incident and in support of the demand for arrest of the culprits involved in the sacrilegious act.
Late evening reports said curfew has been relaxed in view of improved situation.
DC RUBBISHES RUMOURS:
District Magistrate Samba, Sheetal Nanda, today met Sarpanchs and prominent citizens of the district and appealed them to maintain peace and harmony.
Nanda said that the rumour about sacrilegious act was found totally incorrect. It was disclosed that no cow was killed at Samba and the animal has been identified as buffalo calf after post mortem, which had died more than 96 hours ago and seemed to have reached the spot floating in water. She also assured that there have been no major injuries to anybody.
She said that people should not fall prey to emotional blackmailing and appealed them to beware of rumour mongers bent upon disturbing peace for vested interests.
The Sarpanchs and citizens demanded that culprits behind these rumours must be brought to justice as they had tried to disturb the peaceful co-existence in the area.