Curfew on in Handwara, Valley heads to normalcy, tension in Rajouri varsity (Roundup)

Jammu/Srinagar, April 18 (IANS) Life was normally in Srinagar and most other parts of the Kashmir Valley on Monday but curfew continued in Handwara town where it was reimposed after a short relaxation saw violence while tension was reported in Rajouri University where sporadic clashes were reported.

A senior police officer told IANS in Srinagar that authorities decided against any further relaxation in curfew that was re-imposed in Handwara town after clashes erupted again during the short relaxation period in the morning.

“The situation was reviewed in the afternoon and it was decided that no further relaxation would be given in curfew imposed in Handwara town on Monday,” the officer said.

He said the situation would be reviewed on Tuesday morning and a decision taken on any relaxation in the trouble-torn town.

Curfew was imposed in Handwara town on Wednesday after three people were killed in firing by security forces after violent clashes with unruly mobs. Trouble had erupted following reports about the molestation of school girl by a soldier.

The girl was Sunday produced by the police before the chief judicial magistrate, Handwara along with her father, and in her statement before the CJM, denied that any molestation attempt had been made on her on last Tuesday.

During Monday’s clashes in Handwara town, two protesters were injured and have been admitted to a local hospital in the town for treatment.

Meanwhile life returned to normal in Srinagar as shops, public and private transport, other business establishments, educational institutions, gove rnment offices and banks functioned normally.

In the Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah (BGSB) University in Rajouri districts of Jammu region, sporadic clashes continued between security forces and the agitating non-local students belonging to the Kashmir Valley.

Authorities closed the university after a scuffle between a student belonging to Rajouri district and a student from Kashmir.

Police said there were no communal overtones to the scuffle, but policemen were deployed in the campus on Monday to instill confidence among the students and assist the varsity administration to start normal functioning.

Students belonging to the Valley have alleged that some local students assisted by anti-social elements from outside the campus damaged several vehicles belonging to them.

Police have registered an FIR into the incident and investigations have started.

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