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Jammu: The curfew imposed in Kishtwar district following killing of senior RSS functionary Chanderkant Sharma and his PSO remained in force for the second day Wednesday even as police intensified searches to track down those involved in the killing.
The cremation of the RSS leader will take place later in the day in Kishtwar town amid heavy security.
“Curfew continues to remain in force in Kishtwar for second consecutive day today. There is strict enforcement of curfew. Army continues to remain deployed”, Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar, A S Rana told PTI.
Rana said there was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the district and strict vigilance is being maintained in all sensitive areas of the district.
However, there were reports of brief protests in some areas in old city against the killings.
The body of the senior RSS functionary has been airlifted to Kishtwar from Jammu.
“The cremation will take place today amid tight security”, the DC said.
In view of the situation, police riefly stopped several leaders of BJP and RSS, including State BJP Chief Ravinder Raina and former Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh at Doda.
However, they were later allowed to move to Kishtwar to attend the cremation of the RSS leader after intervention by the DC and the SSP Doda.
Police and security forces have launched massive cordon and search operation in various areas to track down the killer in Kishtwar, officials said.
Meanwhile, condemning the killing of its leader and his PSO the RSS termed the attack a “security lapse” and called for extending the Army’s ‘Operation Allout’ in the hilly district to prevent spread of terror in the Jammu region.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh said it will not be cowed down by attacks and killings of its leaders to engineer a 1990-like situation of fear among Hindus, but sacrifices of its cadre will further strengthen our resolve against terror.
“We condemn terrorist attack on RSS Prant Seh Seva pramukh J&K Chanderkant Sharma and his PSO in Kishtwar today. It was an attack to create fear psychosis among Hindus in this belt. But we will not be cowed down by such attacks and killings of our people”, J&K RSS chief Brig (Retd) Suchet Singh told reporters at the RSS office here.
Brig Singh called for tightening of security in hilly district by saying there is a “security lapse” and there should inquiry into it. (PTI)


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