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Judicial inquiry ordered into Kishtwar violence

PTI Jammu/Srinagar | Updated on August 12, 2013 Published on August 12, 2013

Kishtwar: Shops set on fire after two groups indulged in stone-pelting and arson in Kuleed area in Kishtwar district on Friday. PTI   -  PTI

Kishtwar: A vehicle in flames after two groups indulged in stone-pelting and arson in Kuleed area in Kishtwar district on Friday. PTI   -  PTI

The Jammu and Kashmir Government today decided to order a judicial inquiry into the communal clashes in Kishtwar district that left two persons dead and 20 others injured.

“In order to establish the truth behind the Kishtwar violence and what followed, the State Government has decided to order a judicial inquiry,” Omar wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.com.

The Chief Minister said the inquiry will be held by a retired judge of the High Court and its outcome will be made public.

“The inquiry will be held by a retired High Court judge in a time-bound manner to establish the facts and share them publicly,” he said.

The decision was taken at a high-level ministerial meeting chaired by the Chief Minister in Jammu today.

Communal clashes broke out in Kishtwar area of Jammu province on Eid day which later spread to other parts of the region including Jammu city and Rajouri town.

The State Government has imposed curfew and prohibitory orders on movement of people in most parts of the Jammu region including Kathua and Doda districts.

Earlier, the State Government had ordered an inquiry by the Divisional Commissioner into the incident and promised severe punishment to those found responsible for death and destruction in Kishtwar.

Omar had yesterday accused BJP of trying to flare up violence in the state and appealed to people not to allow any political party to exploit their sentiments.

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Published on August 12, 2013
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