Indore limps as curfew relaxed but not lifted
DAY CURFEW was lifted in three police station areas ? Sadar Bazaar, Choti Gwaltoli and Raoji Bazaar ? on Tuesday morning and relaxed for three hours from 3 pm to 6 pm in four areas ? Chhatripura, Malharganj, Pandrinath and Sarafa. SP Anshuman Yadav said the night curfew continued in all seven police stations from 9 pm to 6 am. The situation would be reviewed Wednesday morning.Updated: Feb 14, 2007, 02:46 IST
DAY CURFEW was lifted in three police station areas — Sadar Bazaar, Choti Gwaltoli and Raoji Bazaar — on Tuesday morning and relaxed for three hours from 3 pm to 6 pm in four areas — Chhatripura, Malharganj, Pandrinath and Sarafa. SP Anshuman Yadav said the night curfew continued in all seven police stations from 9 pm to 6 am. The situation would be reviewed Wednesday morning.
Barring Chhatripura, no untoward incident was reported from the other three areas where curfew was relaxed for three hours. A petrol bomb was hurled and a stone was thrown at a police vehicle in Chhatripura from a building opposite Mukeripura masjid around 6 pm. The bomb stuffed with pellets did not hurt anybody and missed the vehicle.
But the stone damaged the vehicle. The policemen surrounded the building immediately and asked those inside to open it. With no response, the policemen broke open the shutter door, took out 10 people, and beat them up before taking them to the police station. After this, curfew relaxation was withdrawn in Chhatripura.
Some 15 minutes before, a fire was reported from a building at Narsingh Bazaar.
Nine cases were registered in connection with arson in the City on Monday and 171 persons arrested, Yadav said.
However, the police failed to arrest either Neelu or Munna Mohammad, who had clashed near Narsingh Bazaar crossing over eve-teasing that led to communal tension. The SP said they arrested Munna Mohammad’s brother, who was also involved in beating up Neelu.
He said of the 171 arrested, some were taken into custody for violating curfew orders. He said the police are going through the video-footage to identify those responsible for stone-pelting.
Though there was no curfew in the eastern part of the city in the day, its effect could also be seen here. Schools remained closed as a precautionary measure. Most shops that come under Choti Gwaltoli and MG Road police stations were also closed.
On Monday night, incidents of stone throwing were reported from Garib Nawaz Colony and Smriti Nagar. Stone-pelting was also reported from the Chandan Nagar area.
Chouhan reviews law and order
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed law and order situation in Indore at a high-level meeting at the Mantaralaya on Tuesday. The CM was apprised of steps taken to control the situation in localities that witnessed violence in Indore. Chouhan sent two senior ministers, Kailash Vijayvargiya and Himmat Kothari, to Indore to ensure communal harmony among various sections.
The Chief Minister directed the officers to remain alert in Malwa region in view of the recent incidents. He said criminals should be brought to book and stern action against those carrying illegal weapons. Chouhan said dialogue between various sections should continue.
“When there is continuous dialogue, rumours don’t spread,” he added. The Chief Minister said action should be taken against anybody who violates law no matter how influential the person is.” Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni, Director General of Police AR Pawar, Principal Secretary (Home) Satya Prakash, ADG (Law and Order) Surendra Singh and other senior officials were present at the meet. Additional police force is being sent to Indore and officials have been asked to take necessary and stern action for maintaining law and order in Indore, according to an official press release issued on Tuesday.