‘Day curfew’ lifted after a week in Kishtwar, army withdrawn, night curfew to continue

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Jammu: A week after it was imposed following the murder of an RSS leader, the day curfew was lifted and the Army was withdrawn on Tuesday from Kishtwar town, officials said.

The curfew was lifted at 6 am and mobile Internet services were also restored. However, night curfew would continue till further orders, officials said.

The curfew was imposed in the town and adjoining areas following the killing of senior RSS leader Chanderkant Sharma and his security guard inside a health centre, was also relaxed for three hours from mid-day.

Earlier, authorities had relaxed the curfew in a phased manner for one hour on April 12 and again for a few hours in different phases on Sunday.

On April 9, unidentified gunmen entered inside the hospital and shot dead an RSS leader while he was on duty in the hospital where he works as a medical assistant.

In the attack, his PSO was killed on the spot while some civilians fell unconscious leading to the assumptions of civilian’s death.

The RSS leader’s killing triggered violent protests with angry mourners ransacking the office of the senior superintendent of police, prompting authorities to impose strict curfew in the communally-sensitive town and adjoining areas, following which the Army was called for a flag march.

The Jammu and Kashmir had said that they detained several ‘over-ground workers’ (OGWs) for interrogation in connection with the killing

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