July 2000 News

Joint peace March in Leh, curfew relaxed for two hours

14 July 2000
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Authorities relaxed curfew for two hours this evening in Leh town, simmering under tension following the killing of three Buddhist monks by militants, during which a peace March was jointly organised by both Buddhist and Muslim communities. The decision to relax the curfew from 5 pm to 7 pm was taken at a meeting of all religious and political organisations convened by divisional commissioner of Kashmir Khurshed Ahmad Ganai earlier in the day. During the meeting, the leaders pledged to maintain peaceand communal amity in the frontier region of Ladakh, an official spokesman here said. The meeting also condemned the killing of the monks andregretted the derogatory remarks of Gombu. Tension gripped Leh on Monday after Ladakh Buddhist association vice president Sonam Gombu allegedly made some derogatory remarks against a religious scripture. The situation deteriorated with the killing of the monk son Tuesday forcing authorities to clamp an indefinite curfew in Leh and its adjoining areas on Thursday to prevent the situation from taking an ugly turn. Meanwhile, 26 more people have been taken into preventive custody raising the number of people detained, including Gombu, to 38. PTI report.


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