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Situation under control in riot-hit areas

india Updated: Jan 07, 2008 12:23 IST

The situation was under control in riot-hit areas of North-East Mumbai on Monday where tension prevailed after the alleged suicide of a Buddhist priest, leading to the deployment of reserve police forces.

State Reserve Police have been deployed in the area, which witnessed incidents of arson and stone pelting from some parts of North-East Mumbai.

Bhadant Sanghraj Thairo (75), the priest of Sandesh Buddh Vihar near Deonar slaughterhouse was found dead at his residence behind the shrine on Sunday. According to police, they found a piece of rope lying by his side, and it seemed to be a case of suicide. However, local residents alleged foul play.

The priest's post-mortem report is expected on Monday, which could reveal the exact cause of the death.

While some bhikkus of Mumbai Pradesh Bhikku Sangh held dharna near the vihar, mobs targeted vehicles on Eastern Express Highway.

The situation is now under control, though police have been deployed in large numbers in the entire area, police sources said.