According to reports, violence erupted on Friday morning when a group of people raised anti-national slogans or pro-independence slogans after Eid prayers, leading to the death of one and injuring over 20.
Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh informed that central paramilitary forces were rushed to Kishtwar town in Jammu following communal clashes.
"Forces rushed to Kishtwar. We are coordinating with J&K government and assisting in every way possible," Singh wrote on Twitter.
Police and paramilitary forces used batons and teargas to disperse the protesters gathered in different parts of the town.
Meanwhile, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah exchanged tweets on the violence.
"I have checked on Kishtwar. Many injured. Houses and shops burnt. Please do something immediately," Swaraj told Abdullah via Twitter.
Replying to Swaraj, Abdullah said: "Injuries and damage on both sides. Situation is being brought under control. Adequate forces sent."
"I am not referring to any side. Everyone injured there is a Hindustani," said Swaraj.
Abdullah in his reply said: "Exactly my point. But the lies on mutilations in Kishtwar are designed to inflame passions and polarise people."
Calling for immediate attention, Swaraj asked Abdullah to rush enough forces and save people.
Asking for Swaraj´s help, Abdullah said: "Ma´am for a realistic assessment I request you speak to Northern Army Commander or the DGP (who is in Kishtwar)."
Later, Swaraj tweeted: "Chief Minister J&K has telephoned me to inform that army flag march is on and more forces are reaching Kishtwar."
Expressing his concern, BJP President Rajnath Singh also said that he had a telephonic conversion with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding the outbreak of clashes in Kishtwar
"Had a telephonic conversation with the PM Dr. Manmohan Singh regarding outbreak of violent clashes in Kishtwar district of Jammu region," Singh tweeted.
"The PM assured me that the situation would be quickly brought under control as the army has been called out in Kishtwar," he added.
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