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Curfew continues in Navi Mumbai

No fresh incidents of violence were reported from Koparkhairane area of Navi Mumbai township as curfew continued.

india Updated: Mar 19, 2006 12:10 IST

No fresh incidents of violence were reported from Koparkhairane area of Navi Mumbai township as curfew continued in the trouble-torn satellite town of Mumbai, police said.

According to senior Navi Mumbai police officials, no incident of congregation of mob or damage to public and private property was reported either in Koparkhairane or any other locality of Navi Mumbai in past 24 hours, particularly after the government stepped in and held discussions with representatives of the groups, who have been involved in clashes for past four days.

On Saturday Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister, RR Patil held discussions with representatives of villagers and Mathadi workers (porters), who were at loggerheads. The two groups are reported to have assured the government that they will ask members of their communities to stop all violent activities, sources said.

The state government is likely to convene another round of meeting to sort out problems amongst the two communities, they said.

The villagers, whose land was acquired by government to set up the Navi Mumbai township, some 60 kms from Mumbai, have been clashing with the 'mathadi' workers, (who are treated outsiders) for depriving employment opportunities to the locals.

First Published: Mar 19, 2006 12:07 IST