Tension grips Odisha’s Bhadrak after communal violence

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A burnt vehicle lay on a deserted road in the wake of communal violence in coastal Odisha’s Bhadrak town. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

A burnt vehicle lay on a deserted road in the wake of communal violence in coastal Odisha’s Bhadrak town. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

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Bhadrak witnessed violence on Friday, as mobs set ablaze shops and attacked police vehicles. Authorities later imposed a curfew. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

Bhadrak witnessed violence on Friday, as mobs set ablaze shops and attacked police vehicles. Authorities later imposed a curfew. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

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Though Section 144, prohibiting assembly of four or more people in public places, was imposed in the town, officials had to clamp curfew as the situation deteriorated further. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

Though Section 144, prohibiting assembly of four or more people in public places, was imposed in the town, officials had to clamp curfew as the situation deteriorated further. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

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The state government rushed its top officials to Bhadrak to take stock of the situation after reports of vandalism. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

The state government rushed its top officials to Bhadrak to take stock of the situation after reports of vandalism. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

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The town witnessed violence on Friday after derogatory comments on Hindu deities were posted on a Facebook page. Soon after, VHP and Bajrang Dal activists started blockading traffic on the main roads and gheraoed a police station. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

The town witnessed violence on Friday after derogatory comments on Hindu deities were posted on a Facebook page. Soon after, VHP and Bajrang Dal activists started blockading traffic on the main roads and gheraoed a police station. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

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The VHP and Bajrang Dal activists demanded action against three Muslim youth for their alleged blasphemous comments on Facebook. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

The VHP and Bajrang Dal activists demanded action against three Muslim youth for their alleged blasphemous comments on Facebook. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

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Though a peace meeting was convened on Friday, it failed to bring out any resolution following which members of both communities indulged in violence. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

Though a peace meeting was convened on Friday, it failed to bring out any resolution following which members of both communities indulged in violence. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

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Bhadrak last saw a riot in March 1991 on the day of Ram Navami when a religious procession of Hindus had a scuffle with a Muslim bystander. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

Bhadrak last saw a riot in March 1991 on the day of Ram Navami when a religious procession of Hindus had a scuffle with a Muslim bystander. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

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On Saturday, the Centre rushed 2,000 paramilitary personnel to Odisha to assist the local administration in maintaining law and order after several reports of damage of property. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

On Saturday, the Centre rushed 2,000 paramilitary personnel to Odisha to assist the local administration in maintaining law and order after several reports of damage of property. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

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Official sources said 20 companies of paramilitary personnel were dispatched to Odisha to help restore normalcy in the district, PTI reported. A company of paramilitary force comprises of around 100 personnel. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

Official sources said 20 companies of paramilitary personnel were dispatched to Odisha to help restore normalcy in the district, PTI reported. A company of paramilitary force comprises of around 100 personnel. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

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Curfew remained in force in the town while prohibitory orders were imposed in nearby Dhamnagar and Basudevpur on Saturday morning. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

Curfew remained in force in the town while prohibitory orders were imposed in nearby Dhamnagar and Basudevpur on Saturday morning. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

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About 20 people have been detained in connection with the violent incidents. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

About 20 people have been detained in connection with the violent incidents. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

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