Kichloo represents the Kishtwar Assembly constituency in the 87-member state Legislative Assembly. Kishtwar witnessed communal riots during Eid celebrations last week.

He had come under serious criticism for mishandling of the Kishtwar communal flare-up. Kichloo submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

Kichloo also questioned the Bharatiya Janata Party's right to demand his resignation, asking that "Did Narendra Modi resign after the Gujarat riots?"

Judicial inquiry ordered

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said that the state government has decided to order a judicial inquiry into the communal clashes in Kishtwar district that left two persons dead and 20 others injured.

"In order to establish the truth behind the Kishtwar violence and what followed, the State Government has decided to order a Judicial inquiry," Omar wrote on micro-blogging
site twitter.
    
The Chief Minister said the inquiry will be held by a retired judge of the High Court and its outcome will be made public.
    
"The inquiry will be held by a retired High Court judge in a time-bound manner to establish the facts and share them publicly," he said. The decision was taken at a high-level ministerial meeting chaired by the Chief Minister in Jammu on Monday.
    
Communal clashes broke out in Kishtwar area of Jammu province on Eid day which later spread to other parts of the region including Jammu city and Rajouri town. The state government has imposed curfew and prohibitory orders on movement of people in most parts of the Jammu region including Kathua and Doda districts.

Centre seeks report from J&K government

The Central Government on Monday said that it is seeking a report from Jammu and Kashmir government on the incidents of violence in Kishtwar and adjoining areas.

Talking to reporters outside Parliament House, Minister of State for Home RPN Singh said that the Centre is also providing all possible help to the state to bring calm in the Jammu region.
    
"We are in constant touch with the state government. We are giving them all support to bring calm in Jammu. We have also asked the state government to arrest all miscreants so that normalcy can be brought about in the areas of Jammu and regions adjoining it. We are seeking a report from them," he said.

(JPN/Agencies)

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