Curfew in Jammu continues on 2nd day amid protests

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/17/2019 12:43:03 AM

Police resort to teargas, baton charge in Janipura

JAMMU, Feb 16: Indefinite curfew, imposed after incidents of violence in the winter capital during shutdown call on Friday against Pulwama terror attack, continued for the second day as protests spilled over to Jammu West after police used force against those defying curfew in Janipur area on Saturday.
This triggered violent protests and spread to other parts of Jammu West with protesters clashing with police and also resorting to stone-pelting. Police also rounded up over a dozen protesters in this connection. In the resultant violence, over a dozen persons including three police officers viz., SSP Jammu, SDPO City and SDPO Bakshi Nagar also sustained injuries. They were immediately rushed to Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu. Protests continued till late evening.
As a result, no relaxation was given in curfew throughout the day in any part of the city though the administration during media briefings stated that the situation was fully under control and no major incident of violence was reported from anywhere.
The situation remained peaceful in Jammu East which yesterday witnessed large-scale violence, arson and clashes with stepped up presence of army almost at all sensitive locations. Army on the second day also conducted flag march to infuse sense of security among the inhabitants in all sensitive locations of city and its outskirts.
Police stated that it used force against to quell the protests which erupted in the morning in Janipura near quarters of Move employees in defiance of curfew. “Action was initiated after we received complaints from Move employees that during protests some stones were pelted aiming at their quarters which damaged some of vehicles also,” senior police officers said.
“Both civil and police officials visited there and assured them of full security. Army has been deployed there. The situation is fully under control,” the Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Verma stated in the press conference.
However, locals accused police of using unwarranted force and repeatedly. The area also witnessed brief stand-off between the police and the army officer deployed there after SP South resorted to lathicharge on the protesters. DIG and SSP rushed to the situation to ease the situation.
Earlier cautioning people against rumours, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jammu Range M K Sinha stated said no incident of death was reported from anywhere in Jammu. He asked people not to fall prey to rumours. He said malicious rumour was being spread regarding a death in Sarwal, Jammu. “Please don't fall prey to. Rumour mongers would be dealt strictly under law,” he cautioned.
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Jammu-Samba-Kathua range, Vivek Gupta said, “The curfew is being implemented strictly and there is no report of any major untoward incident from anywhere.” Deputy Commissioner (Jammu) Ramesh Kumar in his early morning briefing said authorities were monitoring the situation and a decision to relax the curfew, which was imposed Friday, would be taken later in the day. However as the protests continued, no relaxation was granted.
A police official said high-speed mobile data services were barred in Jammu region, while the BSNL broadband service was functioning normally.
In the meanwhile, the army's presence was stepped up today as nine more army columns were deployed in the city, bringing the total to 18 columns. Jammu University postponed all examinations scheduled for the day and mobile internet services remained suspended across Jammu region.
A defence spokesperson said the Army on Saturday deployed nine more security columns with air support to help the administration maintain law and order in the entire city. Nine Internal Security Columns (ISCs) of the Army were deployed on Friday.
"Helicopters and UAVs of the Army also put into operation to monitor the situation. The proactive approach jointly taken by J&K Police, Civil administration (Divisional Commissioner and District Collector's office) and Indian Army has ensured the situation is in control," the spokesman said.
Srinagar-bound vehicles stranded on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway due to a landslide in Ramban were allowed to move ahead amid tight security arrangements, officials said.



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