Pune: Curfew was relaxed in the morning on Wednesday
at the riot-hit western Maharashtra towns of Miraj, Sangli and
Ichalkaranji, following gradual improvement in the situation,
In Miraj, where the trouble sparked off on September 3
during the Lord Ganesha idol immersion procession, curfew was
relaxed for four hours from 0800 hours to 1200 hours.
In Sangli and Ichalkaranji where one person was stabbed
to death and five others were injured, curfew was relaxed from
1000 hours to 1300 hours to allow people to shop for daily
The situation was slowly returning to normal after an all
party meeting held in Mumbai yesterday at which a peace
formula was worked out, official sources said.
The representatives of Sarvajanik Ganesh mandals in Miraj
have decided to immerse the remaining idols tomorrow, alomst a
week after the `Ananthchaturdashi day` when the procession was
Majority of the 154 Ganesh mandals there had refused to
immerse the Ganesh idols as mark of protest.
The meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Chavan also
announced that innocent persons arrested during the riots
would be freed immediately.
Meanwhile, two units of Rapid Action Force have been
deployed in Sangli, Tasgoan, and Miraj to keep a check on the