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Dhar returns to normal

NORMALCY RETURNED to Dhar district where district administration had imposed curfew for a brief period on Friday to avoid communal flare-up in the wake of violent incidents at Bhojshala. Members of both communities offered prayers there as per the schedule decided by the administration.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2006 15:10 IST

NORMALCY RETURNED to Dhar district where district administration had imposed curfew for a brief period on Friday to avoid communal flare-up in the wake of violent incidents at Bhojshala. Members of both communities offered prayers there as per the schedule decided by the administration.

“Every thing is normal and there is no report of any incidents of violence from any part of the district today,” said Dhar District Collector Ram Kinker Gupta. Business establishments and markets, most of which had downed their shutters yesterday, were open today and functioned normally.

All educational institutions, including schools, also functioned normally in the district today, Gupta said. Though the District Collector did not announce public holiday for schools yesterday, schools and other educational institutional did not function due to the apprehension of violence.

At the controversial Bhojshala, which witnessed pitched battles between security forces and militant Hindu outfits yesterday over the administration’s resolve to allow Friday namaaz, special puja were conducted today by women, mostly belonging to Matru Shakti, the women wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).

However, the district administration did not send back special security forces like RAF and SAF, which were deployed in the district on January 31. “These forces will remain in the district till Muharram that falls on February 9,” Gupta told Hindustan Times over phone.

Meanwhile, a peace committee meeting was held today to maintain communal harmony in the district. Divisional Commissioner Ashok Das, Inspector General Dr Shailendra Shrivastava, Collector RK Gupta, Superintendent of Police Praveen Mathur and representatives of both communities participated in the meeting. The meeting resolved to maintain peace during Muharram, the Collector said.

First Published: Feb 05, 2006 15:10 IST