Jammu: Curfew was lifted in Rajouri town of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday following improvement in the situation even as dialogue between the two communities was on to restore calm in the trouble-torn area.

"We have lifted the curfew from 0800 hrs in the border town in view of improvement in the situation," a police officer said.

"No untoward incident has been reported from anywhere in the district so far and the situation is under control," he said.

In view of improvement in the situation, the authorities had relaxed curfew for eight-hour on Monday.

 To restore normalcy in the town, leaders of the two communities met here in the presence of Ministers Surjeet Salathia and Shabir Khan.

Senior police and civil officials were also present at the meeting.

"Several meetings with leaders of both the communities were held to resolve the matter. The religious heads also made appeals to the people to maintain calm," the officer said.

Curfew was clamped on the town on Thursday after some unidentified persons pelted stones at a religious procession, prompting security personnel to burst tear gas shells to disperse them.

The stone-hurlers were protesting against VHP International president Praveen Togadia's recent remarks which, they alleged, had hurt sentiments of a particular community.

In a statement in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday , Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Mohammad Sagar said "Parveen Togadia visited Rajouri on March four for fund collection (Dharam Raksha Nidhi) and addressed a gathering of approximately 1000 persons at Shakha Ground Rajouri.

 "During his speech, he made some provocative and inflammatory comments for which a case was registered against him at Police Station Rajouri."

PDP and BJP members staged a walkout to protest what they said failure of the state government to deal with the situation.