Amarnath Stir Snowballs; Curfew Clamped On Two More Districts

3 August 2008

Jammu: Curfew was imposed today in Udhampur and Rajouri districts in Jammu region with violence over the Amarnath land row spreading to new areas leaving six injured even as authorities suspended mobile SMS service to check rumours. Army conducted flag marches in the two trouble-torn districts where protesters indulged in arson and heavy stone- pelting, official sources said. SMS service of mobile operators was suspended in view of fast spreading rumours, they said. Transmission of programmes by two local TV channels was also suspended. The operation of 300-km-long Jammu-Srinagar highway, which has been affected by the stir, was handed over to the army for unhindered supply of essential commodities to the Kashmir valley. Protesters torched four houses of a particular community in R S Pura belt and stoned vehicles damaging four trucks in Hira Nagar area early this morning. Authorities imposed curfew in Udhampur and Rajouri towns after incidents of arson and stone-pelting left six people injured, the sources said. Yesterday, 21 people, including two policemen, were injured after protesters defied curfew and fought pitched battles with police in Jammu and Samba districts.