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Kishtwar violence: Sushma Swaraj, Omar Abdullah exchange words on Twitter

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New Delhi: As clashes erupted in Kishtwar of Jammu & Kashmir on Friday, BJP leader SushmaSwaraj urged state chief minister Omar Abdullah to take immediate action.

"I have checked on Kishtwar. Many injured. Houses and shops burnt. Please do something immediately," Swaraj told Abdullah on Twitter.

In reply, Abdullah said: "Injuries and damage on both sides. Situation is being brought under control. Adequate forces sent."

"I am not referring to any side. Everyone injured there is a Hindustani," she said in reply.

Abdullah said reports of mutilation were lies. He added: "But the lies on mutilations in Kishtwar are designed to inflame passions and polarize people."

He also asked Swaraj to talk to the Northern Army commander or the director general of police, who is in Kishtwar.

Curfew was imposed and Army called out in Kishtwar town in Jammu region on Friday after about 500 villagers raised pro-independence slogans that led to clashes between two communities.

A police officer said a procession of around 500 people from Hullar, Bandna, Punoo and Bhata villages took out a procession in Kishtwar town, 220 km from winter capital Jammu, raising pro-independence slogans.

"Following this, stone-pelting clashes broke out between the two communities at Kulid chowk in Kishtwar," the officer said.

"As the news of the clashes spread to the Eidgah grounds where people had gathered to offer Eid-ul-Fitr prayers, many of them joined in the violence," he added.

"The mob torched four shops, a truck and a scooter. Police used tear gas and batons to control the situation and fired warning shots to disperse the mob," the officer said.

IANS

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