Tension mounts in Jammu’s Bhaderwah; curfew imposed, security forces deployed

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Amid the simmering tension in the Bhaderwah area of ​​Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir, a curfew has been imposed and internet services have also been suspended in the area. The development comes after a video surfaced on social media on Thursday in which inflammatory speeches were allegedly made, sparking tensions in the region.

To avoid any conflict between the Bhaderwah communities over the alleged video, a heavy security force was deployed in the area. Notably, Jammu and Kashmir Police, Indian Army and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) are stationed in the area to prevent any incidents of violence. However, on Friday, amid the curfew imposed in the area, a group of protesters marched and threw rocks at CRPF security personnel. In an effort to disperse the crowd and prevent further scuffles, CRPF personnel fired 3 to 4 tear gas shells at the demonstrators.

It is relevant to mention here that the J&K police have already filed a complaint against the people responsible for making the inflammatory remarks in the video. “Action has been taken under the law. A case has been registered at Bhaderwah Police Station. Anyone who takes justice will not be spared,” the Jammu Police Media Center said in a statement. Notably, as a precautionary measure, a curfew was imposed and internet services were suspended in J&K’s Kishtwar and Ramban districts, they added.

Union Minister Jitendra Singh appeals for peace in Bhaderwah

Union Minister Jitendra Singh, who represents J&K’s Uddhampur Lok Sabha, expressed concern over the situation in Bhaderwah and appealed for maintaining peace and harmony in the region. Singh said on Friday he was “deeply disturbed” by the “unpleasant situation” that developed in the town of Bhaderwah in the Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.

After a curfew was imposed and the military called in to stage a flag march in the area, Jitendra Singh took to Twitter on Friday and issued a “humble appeal” to community leaders in “to sit together to maintain the traditional harmony for which the beautiful city of Bhaderwah has always been known for”.

“Meanwhile, I am in constant contact with DC Doda Sh Vikas Sharma and Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sh Ramesh Kumar. DC Doda and SSP Doda are currently camping in Bhaderwah and personally monitoring the situation,” Union Minister Singh said on Twitter.

Terrorist activity has decreased in the Valley over the past 2 years: Ex-J&K CM Kavinder Gupta

Speaking exclusively to Republic TV regarding the situation in Bhaderwah, former J&K CM Kavinder Gupta said, “For peace in Jammu and Kashmir, security forces and administration have left no stone unturned. During in the past two years there has been a decline in terrorist activity. . But attempts are being made to disrupt peaceful towns like Bhaderwah.”

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