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Curfew to continue in Dabwali town

india Updated: Jul 25, 2008 16:20 IST

Curfew in Dabwali, clamped there since violence between Sikhs and Dera Sacha Sauda followers claimed the life of a young man on July 18, will continue until further orders, official sources in Sirsa on Friday .

It was relaxed from dawn to dusk on Thursday following improvements in the situation but Deputy Commissioner V Umashankar said there was no plan to lift it before July 27.

The bhog ceremony of Harminder Singh, killed in the week-old clashes, would be held on that day and will be attended by politicians and social leaders from the region, sources said.

The Dera Sacha Sauda, meanwhile, will hold its monthly 'satsang' at Sirsa on the same day.

The district administration is apprehending some trouble when hundreds of vehicles carrying Dera followers from neighboring Rajasthan and Punjab pass through Dabwali en route to Sirsa.

Pawan Insaan, a Dera spokesman, said the sect has been organising 'satsang' on the last Sunday of every month attended by lakhs of devotees from Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

Umashankar said the administration was closely monitoring developments in the town and nearby areas.

Dera followers were waiting for the bhog ceremony to be over so that victims of vandalism and arson in the clashes could press for compensation, Insaan said.