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Fresh violence hits Aligarh

ALIGARH CONTINUES to simmer. It is 13 days since violence broke out in the city, yet there is no end in sight to people?s woes. Adding to the communally charged atmosphere are the politically motivated statements of various parties out to cash in on the situation in view of the coming assembly elections.

india Updated: Jun 10, 2006 00:54 IST

ALIGARH CONTINUES to simmer. It is 13 days since violence broke out in the city, yet there is no end in sight to people’s woes.

Adding to the communally charged atmosphere are the politically motivated statements of various parties out to cash in on the situation in view of the coming assembly elections.

On Thursday, fresh violence broke out in Chark Balan Ward under Kotwali Police Station. Groups of both the communities once again came face to face and resorted to stone pelting and firing, leaving some persons injured. In order to control the situation, the police had to resort to firing in the air.

This is the third time violence has broken out in this communally sensitive city. And the blame for it largely lies on political parties, which are vitiating the atmosphere for political gains.

While the BJP has been trying to lay the blame at the doors of Samajwadi Party, the SP has accused the VHP and the RSS of conspiring with the administration to wreak havoc in the city. Former CM Kalyan Singh and Haji Yaqub Qureshi, Haj Minister, are openly accusing each other of engineering communal riots in Aligarh. They are now issuing statement and playing politics. Nobody here talks of coming on one platform to curb violence. The mood of the people of both the communities is anything but peace. This has virtually forced the administration not to take any chances and continue with curfew 13 days in a row. The shopkeepers too are apprehensive of opening their outlets due to security reason.

However, the state government on Friday asserted that situation in Aligarh was fast returning to normal and curfew was relaxed in all the five police station areas today from 9 am to 5 pm. A spokesman of the State Home department said the Friday prayers also passed off peacefully in Aligarh. So far 288 arrests have been made there, he said.