Normalcy returns at snail pace in Khargone

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore/Khargone
  • Updated: Oct 28, 2015 21:55 IST
People form queue to purchase food items in Khargone on Wednesday. (HT photo)

The district administration had revoked the curfew in half of Khargone during the day on Wednesday after the area limped to normalcy, six days after communal tensions flared up in the region.

Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Mahendra Singh Kaucha said that in half of the town, including areas which witnessed clashes between two communities, the curfew was still imposed with relaxation between 10 am to 5 pm on Wednesday, while in rest of the town, where no further untoward incidents were reported, the curfew have had been lifted during day time.

The situation was improving, said police, save for isolated incidents such as stone pelting at Bistan road and a fire at a garage on Sanawad road.

Earlier, the district administration had imposed prohibitory order under section 144 of the CrPC, followed by a curfew after violent clashes broke out between the members of two communities on Thursday night last week.

With the situation under control, the police have started investigation in the matter on the basis of CCTV footages.

Cotton farmers facing tough time

Meanwhile, the local cotton farmers in the area face a tough time since the cotton mandi has remained closed for the past week owing to the curfew. As a result, a large number of farmers are being forced to sell their crops to brokers at throw-away prices.

Dawarka Prasad Meena, 49, a farmer from Bistan said, “We are badly hit by the ongoing tension in the town. With mandi remain closed from past one week, nobody is allowing us to move to sell our crops. Many brokers taking undue advantage of the situation and are purchasing our crops at less price. But with no other option, many of us have to go with this.”

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