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Curfew continues in riot-hit Faizabad

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow/Faizabad, October 26, 2012
First Published: 18:47 IST(26/10/2012) | Last Updated: 18:49 IST(26/10/2012)

Even as tension prevailed in riot-torn Faizabad, there was no untoward incident on Friday. Curfew, which was imposed on the city on Thursday, continued on Friday without any relaxation. However members of Muslim community were allowed to go to the nearby mosques to offer Friday prayer.

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In view of Eid-ul-Azha falling on Saturday, security measures have further been further beefed up. The IG (law and order) BP Singh told journalists in Lucknow that vigil was being maintained and the city was limping back to normalcy. The district magistrate Deepak Agarwal and SSP Ramit Sharma were present at Chowk mosque during the Friday prayers.

Communal clashes had broken out outside Chowk Mosque in the city on October 24 during immersion of Durga idols. As the two communities fought a pitched battled nearly 40 shops were set on fire. With the situation deteriorating fast, the district administration imposed curfew on Thursday morning.

In view of failure of the district administration to maintain peace, the state government had also suspended ADM (City) Srikant Mishra, SP(City) Ramji Yadav, City Magistrate Tilakdhari Yadav and City Kotwal Bhullar Yadav last night.

While Arvind Chaurasia has taken over as the ADM (City), Janardan Dubey has been posted as City-Kotwal. The district administration has also launched hectic exercises to bring the two communities together to restore peace during Saturday's Eid festival.

The IG (law and order) said that the police had arrested 26 persons and 13 cases had been registered. He said the police had been considering to relax curfew on Thursday. Singh said that the administration had been asked to assess the losses due to arson so that compensation could be fixed. Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had announced that the victims would be fully compensated.  

Expressing concern over the violence, state Congress president and MP from Ayodhya Dr. Nirmal Khatri said on Friday it was a preplanned move to disrupt the peace and harmony in the city. He said the shops of Muslim community were singled out for arson.

However BJP's Vinay Katiyar said that the outbreak of violence amply demonstrated a total failure of the state government. The newly appointed president of Rashtriya Lok Dal Munna Singh Chauhan squarely held the district administration responsible for the violence. He said tension had been brewing in the city for quite some time but the administration did not take prevention measures. Several prominent saints of Ayodhya, including Janmajay Sharan, Kaushal Kishor Das, Ram Tahal Sharan and Anjani Sharan also condemned the incident and appealed for peace and harmony.


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