Zee Media Bureau/Ajith Vijay Kumar
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday termed the situation in violence-hit Saharanpur as full under control while maintaining that the Centre is keeping a close vigil on the developments.
“Saharanpur situation is fully under control. We are keeping a close vigil,” Singh said.
Reports had earlier claimed that Singh has briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the situation in the western UP town.
The Home Minister’s statement comes on a day when the Saharanpur district administration relaxed curfew for a few hours to allow locals to buy items of daily need.
Though there is calm in the sensitive areas of the city but the situation remains tense.
Violent crashes had erupted erupted between Sikhs and Muslims on Saturday over a disputed piece of land near a gurdwara on Ambala road. Both communities claim ownership of the land, and the violence reportedly erupted after the gurdwara committee began construction at the site.
The Muslims opposed it and leading to pitched battles on streets with swords, lathis and bricks.
Many business establishments were also targeted and many vehicles torched.
Three people died in the rioting while 33 others were injured.
The police have arrested 33 persons in connection with case. A senior police officer has claimed to have identified the “mastermind” of the riots.