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Batala peaceful, night curfew also lifted

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 18:50

Batala: No untoward incident was reported
as calm returned to the town, which recently witnessed clashes
over publication of a picture of Jesus Christ, prompting the
district administration to lift the night curfew also.

Day curfew was lifted yesterday following improvement
in the situation in this industrial town of Punjab.

Shops, commercial establishments and banks did normal
business as the town remained peaceful and incident-free
today, officials said.

The dusk-to-dawn curfew, which was in force till
yesterday, had also been withdrawn, they said.

The government had ordered a magisterial probe into
the publication of the picture, the officials said adding the
report would be submitted within 15 days.

Curfew was clamped on the town Saturday after members
of the two communities clashed and vandalised public property
over publication of a picture of Jesus Christ allegedly in an
objectionable manner.


First Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 18:50

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