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Shootout: Curfew relaxed in Ratlam after cops catch five

india Updated: Sep 30, 2014 21:10 IST
HT Correspondent

Curfew was relaxed in Ratlam on Tuesday after police arrested five people in connection with the Saturday shootout which left two dead, triggering communal tension in the city.

The curfew remains fully enforced along the station road areas where Bajrangdal activist Kapil Rathore and his servant Pukhraj were shot dead by an angry mob on Saturday.

It will be relaxed from 8.30am to 6pm on Wednesday. However, in 15 communally sensitive wards, the relaxation will only be for women and children between 2pm and 4pm.

Superintendent of police Ashish said the killing was made to appear as a revenge of an attack on Congress corporator Yasmin Shairani a few hours ago the same day to foment communal passion. However, there is no link between the two incidents, he said, adding the attack on Rathore was a fallout of an old enmity with one Haider, the mastermind of the killings.

Haider is absconding. Police have launched a manhunt to nab him, he said.

The SP said a brawl had taken place between Haider and Kapil Rathore in September 2013. A case was registered in this connection and Haider was arrested and sent to jail. "Haider was having an old grudge and taking the advantage of Yasmin Shairani's attack, he killed Rathore," the SP said.

The five arrested have been identified as Musaf Khan, 24, Nasir Ali, Yaha Khan, Jahid Hussain and Asif alias Musa.

One pistol, a knife and one bike have been recovered from their possession. Investigations are on to arrest others and the mastermind, police said.