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Sporadic violence mars bandh

THE BJP-SPONSORED UP bandh, in the aftermath of the twin explosions in Varanasi on Tuesday, evoked mixed response on Wednesday. While some districts observed a complete bandh, in other districts, there was a partial response to it. Sporadic incidents of violence were reported from some districts.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 01:55 IST

THE BJP-SPONSORED UP bandh, in the aftermath of the twin explosions in Varanasi on Tuesday, evoked mixed response on Wednesday. While some districts observed a complete bandh, in other districts, there was a partial response to it. Sporadic incidents of violence were reported from some districts.

Talking to media persons, secretary (home) Jagganath Singh said that in Varanasi and a few districts of east UP observed complete bandh, while in other districts, there was a partial response to the bandh. He said there was no report of any untoward incidents from the districts.

He said to maintain law and order and communal harmony, security was beefed up. The Home Department control room was maintaining close vigil on the activities going in various districts after the blasts. he said. “The district magistrates and the superintendents of police of all the districts have been directed step up the security measures around the religious places, sensitive spots, railway and bus stations. Strict action will be taken against rumour-mongers and those trying to vitiate the communal harmony,” Singh said.

Principal secretary (home) Alok Sinha, with senior police officials and STF personnel, were camping in Varanasi.

A report from Gorakhpur says: unruly mob ransacked a few shops and tried to set a bus on fire. But the police swung into action and controlled the situation.

Communal tension was reported from some localities, but peace was restored after the members of both communities held discussion and resolved the crisis.

At some places, train services were also affected.

At Bahraich, five persons were injured in a group clash. The police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the mob. Members of two communities clashed at Hata Bazar in Padrauna district.