JAMMU: Following an overnight communal violence, the protestors on Friday blocked the Pathankote-Jammu highway in Jammu and Kashmir and clashed with the police, authorities informed.
In the wake of the communal clashes, curfew was imposed in the Samba district in Jammu region late Thursday. 
According to a senior police officer, a mob that blocked the National Highway of Parmandal Morh in Jammu district clashed with police who then used batons and tear smoke to clear the highway.
On Friday, the protests were linked to the Samba violence that followed allegations and counter-allegations of religious disrespect.
The authorities maintained that no cow had been slaughtered in Samba district, an accusation that led to major tensions followed by violence at the first place. 
They added that the carcass of the animal found on the street was that of a buffalo calk that died over 100 hours ago revealed by autopsy.  
According to the members of a particular community, the copies of their religious scripture were torched inside a factory in Bari Brahmana industrial area. 
This was the second communal violence in last 24 hours as the first communal outbreak was reported on Thursday evening at Raya Morh in Samba where protestors had set the vehicle of the District Magistrate on fire and smashed other vehicles on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. 
The incident injured several policemen and protestors and the army was called out at night, district official informed.
Reports suggest that the police and civil administration were seeking the help of elders of the community to restore the peace and sanity.
(With IANS Inputs)


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