Indian policemen carry their injured colleague after he was wounded during a protest in Srinagar July 18, 2013.
Indian security personnel are often not well-armed (representational picture).Reuters file

Fresh protest broke out in Banihal belt of Jammu and Kashmir as the two-day long curfew imposed in Ramdan district in connection with the firing by Border Security Force (BSF), was lifted on Saturday 

BSF personnel killed four civilians in a firing in Dharam village, Gool-Ramban of Jammu, triggering protest in the region. As per reports, the protestors have blocked the Jammu-Srinagar highway.

"The situation is under control - it peaceful and normal--there have been no untoward reports from anywhere today," a police spokesman told Press Trust of India (PTI).

The spokesperson went on to add that security has been tightened in the susceptible areas of Jammu and Kashmir and authorities are monitoring the situation round the clock.

Additional force has been deployed in the area to curb fresh protest.

The tension in Jammu and Kasmir broke out on 18 July after a mob attacked a BSF camp in Dharam area of Ramban district alleging high-handedness by BSF personnel in the area and desecration of the Koran by Indian security forces. During the counter attack made by the BSF personnel, four people were killed in the firing and left over 42 injured. The death of four erupted into a mass protest in the state during which 16 people, including two policemen, were injured in clashes, stone-pelting and cane-charge in Jammu region's Doda district, reported India Today.

Meanwhile, the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was reopened to traffic after a two-day closure over tensions in Ramban district.

"The highway has been reopened to vehicular traffic, which is now plying smoothly," SSP (National Highway), Virender Kumar said.

The SSP also said that some disruption in traffic movement was reported in Banihal belt due to protest held by the agitators.

As a precautionary measure, the authorities have put a halt to the Amarnath Yatra in Jammu for the second day. The pilgrims have been stopped from proceeding to holy cave shrine from the Bagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu.

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