Curfew lifted within hours after Jamaat leader laid to rest in Kishtwar


Kishtwar:Ghulam Nabi Gundana, a prominent leader of banned outfit Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), was laid to rest on Monday amid a curfew in his home town in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar, officials said.

However, the curfew was lifted within hours of Gundana’s burial as the situation remained peaceful with no untoward incident reported during the 70-year-old JeI leader’s funeral, which was attended by his relatives and neighbours, they added.

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The curfew was imposed in Kishtwar town and adjoining areas late on Sunday as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order following the death of Gundana, a retired government teacher, at a hospital in Punjab’s Ludhiana, where he was shifted recently for specialised treatment.

Gundana had undergone a surgery and was spared arrest during a major crackdown on the JeI leadership on March 2. He was also affiliated to the Hurriyat Conference.

Gundana was placed under house arrest, while three of his close associates were arrested during the crackdown.