No curfew for 18 hours in Moradabad now

August 18th, 2011 - 9:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh), Aug 18 (IANS) With the situation turning normal in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad city following a communal clash that left 12 people, including two policemen, injured, authorities Thursday decided to relax the curfew in the trouble-torn areas for 18 hours.

“As normalcy has returned in all the trouble-hit areas, it was today (Thursday) decided in a high-level meeting that the curfew from now onwards would be relaxed from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight,” Superintendent of Police (City) Piyush Srivastava told reporters in Moradabad, some 330 km from Lucknow.

“The duration of the relaxation will remain same for all the areas under the six police stations - Katghar, Majhola, Nagphani, Kotwali, Galshaheed and Mughalpura - where curfew was clamped following the communal clash,” he added.

Curfew was clamped late Aug 9 in areas under the six police stations after violence broke out in Dasarai area 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 in Asalatpur area and several vehicles were also set on fire.

According to police, over 50 people from both the communities have been arrested till now for their alleged involvement in violence.

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