Authorities in the tension-ridden Kishtwar town said that they had decided against giving any relaxation in curfew on Tuesday, and would continue the same on Wednesday too.

"We keep 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.

According to reports people in Kishtwar town are 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. No major incident of violence occurred during the curfew relaxation period.

Although the Amarnath Yatra resumed on Tuesday after a gap of three days, traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar highway continued to remain disrupted. Besides arresting 11 people for allegedly inciting communal violence in Kishtwar, police has also arrested 120 people from other parts of Jammu region for their role in the incitement of communal hatred.

Authorities have ordered closure of all educational institutions including schools, colleges and universities in Jammu region. Inspector General of Police (Jammu Zone) Rajesh Kumar told reporters that although there has been an escalation of tension on the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border in the Jammu region, there was no terror threat to Independence Day celebrations.

Internet facility on mobile phones and dongle appliances remained suspended for the fourth day on Wednesday across Jammu and Kashmir. The internet speed on broadband services was also reduced to ensure that miscreants are prevented from loading objectionable material on Facebook and other social networking sites, official sources said. The Jammu Chamber of Commerce has decided to extend the bandh by 48 hours.

(Agencies)

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