After demonstrations over an offensive social media post, a curfew was enforced and Internet services were blocked in key cities in the Chinab valley area of Jammu & Kashmir. In Srinagar, there was also a spontaneous shutdown, and the internet was turned off in the capital city.
Following a series of protests in Bhardawah town yesterday evening, the administration enforced a curfew. In Ramban district, restrictions prohibiting gatherings of three or more individuals have also been implemented.
The army has been dispatched to the town to conduct a flag march.
The Doda district administration has urged the media to refrain from publishing any content that could jeopardise community harmony in the union area.
After some people in Jammu openly approved controversial comments made by suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma against Prophet Mohammad, the prophet of Islam, tensions erupted in Bhaderwah.
Inflammatory rhetoric and protests followed at a mosque in the Bhaderwah district.
Following that, a highly inflammatory blasphemous piece of content appeared on social media, sparking more protests and tension in the communally sensitive community.
According to the police, anyone who breaks the law will face consequences, and a FIR has been filed. However, no arrests have been made as a result of blasphemous content being uploaded.
Political leaders have called for calm and implored community elders on both sides to keep the peace.
Jitendra Singh, a Union minister, expressed his displeasure with the situation at Bhaderwah.
"The awful situation that arose in #Bhaderwah yesterday has profoundly distressed me. I respectfully request that the elders and chiefs of the two communities sit together in order to maintain the customary harmony for which Bhaderwah has always been known "Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, tweeted.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to say, "I'm hoping for a change of heart. Jammu and Kashmir already has enough challenges to deal with without adding to them by fanning sectarian unrest in and around Bhadarwah. I urge everyone to remain calm, and I ask my party colleagues to assist in bringing the situation back to normal as soon as possible."