A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam turned down the plea of the state government against compensating the injured persons till the judicial commission looking into the incident files its report. (JPN/Agencies)
"The injured are also entitled to compensation. How can you say that they are not entitled?" the bench asked, while refusing to modify its Tuesday's order in which it was mentioned that families of the deceased would be paid Rs 5 lakh and those injured would get up to Rs 2 lakh.
The bench also refused to give any directions to the state government as pleaded by J&K National Panthers Party's secretary Sudesh Dogra on whose PIL the court had on Tuesday directed the state's Chief Secretary to file a detailed affidavit on the communal clashes in Kishtwar and subsequent steps taken by the state government to control the situation.
"No further direction is required at this stage. Don't mention the matter every day. It is not the only case which we hear," the bench said.
The Apex Court had on Tuesday directed the Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir to file a detailed affidavit on the communal clashes in Kishtwar district by August 21.
Meanwhile, curfew continued for the sixth day without any relaxation in Kishtwar town on Wednesday. Authorities in the tension-ridden Kishtwar town said that they had decided against giving any relaxation in curfew on Wednesday.
"We keep on reviewing the situation on a regular basis and a decision to relax curfew would be taken keeping the ground situation under consideration. There was no untoward incident anywhere in the district on Tuesday," Basheer Ahmad Khan, District Magistrate of Kishtwar said
Reports said people in Kishtwar town were facing massive shortage of essential supplies because of indefinite curfew. In Jammu city, curfew was relaxed on Tuesday after three days for three hours from 4 pm to 7 pm. In the districts of Kathua, Samba, Reasi, Rajouri, Udhampur and Doda, periodic relaxations were given in the evening.
Friday's communal violence left three people dead and several others injured in Kishtwar district where curfew was clamped. The streets of Kishtwar saw communal clashes on Eid-ul-Fitr. Several shops and vehicles were burnt.
A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam turned down the plea of the state government against compensating the injured persons till the judicial commission looking into the incident files its report.