The deployment on Saturday of police and Rapid Action Force personnel in Dasna and Masuri, the towns in Ghaziabad that were wracked by violence a day earlier, helped prevent more flare-ups.
Security forces marched through the streets of the towns and patrolled villages. Shops and businesses along National Highway 24 were shut in view of restrictions imposed under Section 144 over a 5km area in the towns.
As the rioting subsided late on Friday, a large posse of security personnel was moved to areas along NH 24 and NH 58 to prevent violence in the nearby districts of Gautam Budh Nagar, Meerut and Hapur. Normal movement of traffic on NH 24 was restored by 1am on Saturday.
No one has been arrested over the riots yet, though the police maintained that FIRs and cases would be registered against the troublemakers.
“Our priority is to normalise the situation. We are trying to restore law and order so that normal life can be resumed,” senior superintendent of police Prashant Kumar said.
“We have divided the affected NH 24 areas in five zones and 10 sectors. Heavy deployment of police, RAF and Provincial Armed Constabulary will continue till the situation is completely normalised,” Kumar added.
Senior police officers and administrative officials on Saturday managed to convince the Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, who had reached Indirapuram, to return to Delhi. Bukhari had said he wanted to go to Ghaziabad after Friday’s violence.