Curfew lifted from Uttar Pradesh city

August 21st, 2011 - 1:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Aug 21 (IANS) Curfew was lifted from Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad city Sunday, over 10 days after it was imposed in parts of the city following a communal clash that left 12 people injured, an official said.

“The decision was taken at a meeting held Saturday night,” Superintendent of Police (City) Piyush Srivastava said in Moradabad, some 250 km from Lucknow.

Curfew was clamped Aug 9 in areas under six police stations — Katghar, Kotwali, Galshaheed, Mughalpura, Nagphani and Majhola — after violence broke out in Dasarai locality following heated arguments between some Kanwariyas (Lord Shiva’s devotees) and local Muslims.

Members from both communities had resorted to firing, stone-pelting and fought pitched battles with the police. A police outpost and several vehicles were set afire.

According to police, over 50 people from both the communities have been arrested.

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