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Taj brokers peace in Kishtwar, leads peace march; curfew lifted

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Taj -Peace march at Kishtwar-21-1KISHTWAR : Breaking the deadlock of past 15 days after the communal clashes that engulfed Kishtwar town, Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services and Sports, Mr. Taj Mohi Din today convened   a joint meeting of leaders of Hindu and Muslim communities and later led a peace march attended by members of the two communities.

The peace meeting was held in a very cordial manner with both sides stressing for restoring peace and harmony in the district. All the issues raised by the leaders of two communities pertaining to compensation, lifting of curfew, check on anti social elements etc. were resolved amicably.

It may be recalled that the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah had deputed Mr. Taj Mohi ud Din to head an All Party Delegation(APD) to restore peace in the town and instill confidence among members of each community in one another. The delegation comprised members from BJP, Congress, National Conference, Panthers Party, SP, CPI(M), BSP, Akali Dal etc.

The delegation held hectic deliberations for two days with members and leaders of each community to restore peace and harmony in the town. However, early this morning the representatives of BJP left the delegation midway while as the representative of Panthers Party had left the delegation last night only.

However, the APD led by Mr. Taj continued with its efforts to restore peace and communal amity and was able to get both the communities on a single table. This was followed by a peace march held in the town which was attended by members of both the communities including traders, intellectuals, political and social workers and students, besides Mr Devinder Rana and Surjit Singh Slathia of NC, Mr G M Saroori, Mr Janak Raj Gupta and Thakur Hari Singh of INC, Sheikh Abdul Rehman of SP, Mr Sham Prasad Kesar of CPI (M), SHS Raina of Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr R S Baloria of NCP, Mr Tulsi Dass Langeh and Mr Rattan Kumar Bhagat of BSP and Mr Tej Ram Dogra of PDF. The participants vowed to maintain age old communal harmony and brotherhood in the town. Mr. Taj Mohi ud Din led the peace march. The peace march passed through main markets of the township easing the tense situation prevailing in the town for past about fifteen days.

On the occasion, members of both the communities welcomed each other and exchanged the message for peace and brotherhood.

Addressing the people, Mr. Taj expressed happiness over the breakthrough and hoped that this feeling of brotherhood would prove long lasting.

As per the wishes of the representatives of both the communities, the Minister announced lifting of daytime curfew in the area.

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