Indore limps back to normal, curfew relaxed in some parts (Lead)

July 5th, 2008 - 8:24 pm ICT by IANS  

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Indore, July 5 (IANS) With the situation improving in this violence-hit city of Madhya Pradesh, the administration Saturday decided to relax curfew in some parts of the town from 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. The curfew was imposed Friday following communal violence over the Amarnath shrine land row. The curfew was relaxed in 11 of 27 police station areas of the city, an official said. The violence has killed at least six people in the past two days.

According to the police, cases have been registered against three cops accused of shooting two people Friday.

“An investigation will be launched to look into the allegations after the city returns to normal,” Deputy Inspector General (Indore) D. Sriniwas Rao told IANS.

“The situation is peaceful since Friday evening and no incident of fresh violence has been reported from any part of the city,” Rao said.

District magistrate Rakesh Choudhry said the situation was “tense but under control”.

The situation in the remaining 16 police station areas is constantly under watch and decision about giving curfew relaxation in these areas would be taken later in the evening, Choudhry said.

At least 140 people have been arrested in the strife-torn city where indefinite curfew was imposed Friday following widespread violence that forced the police to open fire and lob tear-gas shells on rioters at several places.

Two people died in the violence Friday.

Four people were killed Thursday as the shutdown called by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) took a communal turn.

The Jammu and Kashmir government Tuesday cancelled the land allotment to the Amarnath shrine board that manages the Hindu pilgrimage to the high altitude shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva in south Kashmir.

The decision polarised not just the country’s only Muslim-majority state with violence in its Hindu majority Jammu region but led to a ripple effect in other parts of the country.

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