Normalcy returns to Maharashtra

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india Updated: Dec 01, 2006 19:33 IST

Barring few stray incidents, the life in Nagpur city and elsewhere in Vidarbha region returned to normalcy with reopening of schools, business establishments and markets on Friday.

While Nagpur, Wardha, Amravati, Gondia, Bhandara, Gadchiroli, Washim and Yavatmal remained peaceful, arson and violence were reported in Buldhana, Chandrapur, and Akola district on Friday morning.

An agitated mob tried to torch two coaches of the Chandrapur-Gondia passenger at Chanda Fort railway station on Friday morning. The mob doused kerosene on these bogies of the train. However, local police reached the spot in time and thwarted the attempt.

The rowdy mob also damaged the Khamgaon-Jalamb passenger train. However, timely intervention of the police, the evil designs of the miscreants were foiled.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Nikhil Gupta, the superintendent of police (SP), Buldhana district, said that protestors attacked two buses and damaged them at Malkapur in the district. They even tried to set afire them. "Now the situation is totally under control," he claimed.

Five passengers were injured when protestors blocked the movement of a state road transport bus at Ballarpur in Chandrapur district and beat up the passengers.

The violence was sparked off after the desecration of Dr Ambedkar's statue on Wednesday in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Akola, Buldhana and Nagpur witnessed widespread violence on Thursday with protestors putting up roadblocks, damaging state-owned buses and private vehicles and forcing shopkeepers to down shutters.

A tense administration on Friday deployed heavy police bandobast in Nagpur and elsewhere in the region. Barring Chandrapur, Buldhana and Akola, there were no reports of any untoward incidents in the region for the past 12 hours.

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First Published: Dec 01, 2006 11:41 IST