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Army restores peace in Vadodara

Although no fresh violence has been reported, tension still prevails. Is the demolition of illegal shrines justified?

india Updated: May 05, 2006 15:07 IST

Curfew has been temporarily lifted for women and children in Vadodara.

Although no incidents of fresh violence have been reported but tension still hangs in the air.

The city has been witnessing violence since Monday following demolition of a dargah.

Troops of the Rapid Action Force are keeping vigil over the city.

The Army has been conducting flag marches in the city.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court stayed a Gujarat High Court order directing municipal corporations to demolish shrines obstructing roads.

A bench comprising Justice Ruma Pal and Justice Dalveer Bhandari stayed the May 2 order after an appeal was filed and brought to notice by Additional Solicitor-General Gopal Subramaniam.

The High Court had ordered the demolitions after taking suo motu cognisance of a newspaper report on the issue.

Meanwhile, the Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal is understood to have stated in his report on Thursday that the Vadodara administration could have avoided demolition of the dargah in view of people's sentiments associated with the old shrine.