SRINAGAR (Agencies) - Authorities in Occupied Kashmir Thursday widened a curfew in the region to prevent protests by Hindus angered by the revocation of a land transfer order to a Hindu yatrees' trust and amid fears the region could see sectarian rioting, officials said. Jammu was hit by violent protests by Hindu hardliners of BJP and VHP demanding the state government stick by a decision to give land in the Occupied Kashmir to yatrees despite a week of deadly rioting. Hindu protesters attacked police and government property in Jammu, the region's second biggest city, on Wednesday. "We had to take the step to prevent loss of precious lives," said divisional commissioner Sudhanshu Pandey Thursday, adding that the curfew had been widened to outlying areas. The curfew was expected to be in place for at least the next three days, the NDTV news channel reported. In the summer capital Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir valley, life was returning to normal after nine days of rioting that left five dead and hundreds injured. Meanwhile, two people were killed in central India in protests over the revocation of the land transfer order to a Hindu yatrees' body, the Press Trust of India agency reported. The BJP-VHP sponsored a day-long nationwide bandh and the protesters went on a rampage in Delhi, Mumbai, Karnataka, MP and other parts of the country on Thursday, Zee News reported. The protests were part of a nationwide action called by the Opposition Hindu hardline Bharatiya Janata Party and an ally. "Two persons have been killed in violence," Rakesh Shrivastava, an official in Indore city in central Madhya Pradesh state, told the agency. "Six others are injured." Police fired tear gas shells at the mob that had gathered in Indore and parts of the city were now under curfew, the report said. In the northern state of Punjab, protesters blockading roads clashed with police while in other parts of the country many shops remained shut for fear of incurring a backlash from party supporters. Major highways that were temporarily blocked include: DND Flyway in Delhi and Western Express Highway in Mumbai. Many trains are also being targeted; Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi Express has been stopped near Agra. In the National Capital Region, major traffic jams have been reported from Vikas Marg in East Delhi and also sporadic incidents are being reported from other areas. There are also reports that Shalimar Express coming to Delhi has been detained near Ghaziabad. There were also reports of VHP activists forcibly shutting shops in the Lakshmi Nagar area. Shops were also closed in Karol Bagh. The severity of the bandh was especially strong in NDA ruled states. Major disruptions have been reported in Punjab, where BJP activists took to the streets in Ludhiana and Jalandhar. In many parts of MP, schools and colleges remained closed to prevent any untoward incident. Meanwhile, Indian security forces Thursday shot dead the alleged chief commander of a freedom fighting group wanted for attacks in Occupied Kashmir and others parts of the country, police claimed. Abu Atif and his bodyguard were killed during a fierce gunbattle in the southern Kashmir district of Pulwama, a police statement said. "Atif was the chief commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba," it said, adding the gunbattle was sparked after troops, backed by police, ringed his hideout after a tip-off. Meanwhile, Indian Army Chief Deepak Kapoor said on Thursday Indian security forces have been put on high alert in Occupied Kashmir in the wake of state elections expected to be held in October. Talking to mediapersons here, he said "the possibilities of some Kashmiri militants being part of Taliban and Al-Qaeda cannot be ruled out, considering that the outfits were based on certain amount of fundamentalism and Jihadist tendencies." He said security forces in Kashmir have been put on full alert 'to check an expected upsurge in infiltration' from across the border in view of state elections. It is our estimate that about 48 per cent of fighters in Kashmir were of foreign nationalities, he said.