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Curfew continues in parts of Lucknow

Curfew continues in parts of Lucknow's walled city, two days after clashes between Shias and Sunnis left one person dead.

lucknow Updated: Apr 03, 2007 14:53 IST

Curfew continued in parts of Lucknow's walled city on Tuesday, two days after clashes between Shias and Sunnis left one person dead. Authorities said they would search houses in the area for hidden weapons.

An official said intelligence reports indicated that there was "clandestine storage of unlicensed weapons by some people who obviously used firearms during the clashes" on Sunday.

Security forces have decided to search every house in the sprawling area to unearth illegal weapons.

District Magistrate Ramendra Tripathi has ordered a magisterial probe into Sunday's riots over the passage to a Barawafat procession, marking the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad.

Some Shias objected to the mainly Sunni process passing through a largely Shia locality.

What started as an argument soon snowballed into a free for all, leading to violence, arson and even exchange of gunfire. An innocent passerby was killed in the clashes.

Tripathi described the situation as "tense but well under control".

Calm was also reportedly restored in violence-hit Kanpur town, 85 km from Lucknow, where one person was killed in police firing on an unruly mob the same day.