Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rajouri returns to normalcy

Rajouri is returning to normalcy after 5 days of curfew. The administration today allowed eight-hour relaxation which passed off peacefully.

However, as assured in J&K Legislative Assembly, the ministers’ delegation to review the situation has still not reached the area but Minister of State Shabir Ahmed Khan visited the town to defuse tension between two communities. Large number of people today came out from their houses and purchased essential commodities.

During the curfew relaxation period, members of only one community opened their shops while the other community did not respond to the calls for maintenance of peace and harmony and kept their shops and business establishments closed. 
The religious leaders Vishatma Nand Saraswati, Madrasa Mohamdia Rizvia, Ishtiyaq Bhat, Mushtaq Dar, Iqbal Butt and Abdul Rashid Lone came forward appealing both communities to avoid violence and contribute for peace in the area.

An NGO National Forum for Peace and Human Rights has visited various areas of Rajouri to talk to the leaders of both communities. Its district genera secretary, Tanveer Shawl has said that they have received positive response from both communities and people are desirous of coming closer and solve all disputes which erupted during the last few days. He said that both communities want peace but there are certain reservations which will be solved within a couple of days.

On the other hand Deputy Commissioner Ghulam Ahmed Khawaja and Senior Superintendent of Police Vijay Singh Sambyal were also doing hectic efforts to bring peace in the area and they are continuously meeting both communities and impressing upon them to shun rigidity and contribute for restoration of normalcy. Minister of State Shabir Khan held talks with both communities at Dak Bungalow Rajouri, wherein he appealed to the people of both communities to give peace a chance in the town.

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