February 2006 News

Situation Under Control In Curfew-bound Leh

10 February 2006
The Indian Express

Srinagar: The situation in curfew-bound Leh town remained under control today as police, civil administration and Army kept a close watch on developments there following clashes between Buddhists and Muslims triggered by reports of alleged desecration of the Quran at a mosque in Kargil. 'The situation is under control and no untoward incident has taken place since the imposition of curfew yesterday,' Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range) K Rajendra Kumar told PTI. Kumar, who has been camping in the Ladakhi capital town, said the authorities were reviewing the situation from time to time to look at the possibility of relaxing the curfew for some time. Four more arrests have been made since last evening as police had swung into action after four unoccupied houses and three vehicles were set on fire, forcing the imposition of curfew. Thirty-one people were arrested and curfew imposed yesterday in the town, where the Army staged a flag march to bring the situation under control. Clashes erupted between Muslims and Buddhists at Bodhkharboo in Kargil area on Monday after some unidentified persons tore off pages of the holy book in a mosque there. Tension spread across the Ladakh region including Leh and Kargil towns between the two dominant communities.


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