Curfew relaxed for four hrs in Navi Mumbai

Curfew was relaxed following improvement in the situation as there were no untoward incidents.

india Updated: Mar 19, 2006 21:49 IST

Curfew was relaxed for four hours in riot-hit Koparkhairane area of Navi Mumbai on Sunday evening following improvement in the situation as there were no untoward incidents.

"We have relaxed curfew in Kopakhairane for four hours from 3.30 pm to 7.30 pm to allow people to move out and buy essentials. There was no untoward incident reported today from the two pockets of Kopakhairane where curfew had been imposed", Commissioner of Police, Navi Mumbai, Vijay Kamble said in .

"Besides these areas of Koparkhairne, the situation in rest of Navi Mumbai is normal. However, we shall continue with the same deployment of police force until we feel the situation is totally normal," Kamble 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 since yesterday, particularly after the government held discussions with representatives of the groups which were involved in clashes in the past four days.

Three persons were killed, two in police firing, and 75 were injured in Ghansoli, in Navi Mumbai, some 60 kms from Mumbai, following clashes which started between residents of the village and `Mathadi' workers (porters) following alleged molestation of a village girl by the workers on the day of Holi.

The riots spread to other villages in Navi Mumbai and Koparkhairane and Nerul had witnessed a surge of violence on Saturday.

First Published: Mar 19, 2006 20:48 IST