Bundi (Raj): With peace prevailing in the riot-hit areas of Khanpur and Nainwa, the administration on Monday eased curfew for four hours in the district.
The curfew was relaxed from 8 am to 12 pm today, Superintendent of Police Pankaj Choudhary said, adding that the situation was peaceful and no untoward incident was reported.
The option of lifting of curfew would be considered only after a proper review of the situation, he said. Yesterday, the curfew was eased in Khanpur and Nainwa for two hours in the morning and evening.
Curfew was imposed in Khanpur and Nainwa areas after an irate mob had attacked a police outpost and set ablaze a bus when an idol was found damaged in a religious shrine last Friday.
15 people have been arrested in connection with the incidents of stone-pelting at Nainwa police station, setting a state roadways bus ablaze and blocking the highways on Friday evening, Chaudhary said.
Police have also detained 20 others for desecration of an idol in Khanpur and damaging a mausoleum in Nainwa on Friday night but no arrests have been made so far, he said.
Meetings with the local peace committee are being held and efforts are on to restore peace in the affected areas, Chaudhary said.
Stern action would be taken against the accused involved after investigation and once the discussion with peace committee is over, he added.
After the relaxation of curfew, local people rushed out their homes and purchased essential commodities. The local hospital and medical stores were crowded, as hordes jostled to get necessary medical aids.
"About 175 patients have visited and sought the medical consultancy today during 4 hours relaxation," said Mukesh Sharma, a patient councillor at community health centre (CHC) in Nainwa.
Former deputy speaker of state assembly, Ramnarayan Meena, who has been elected thrice from Nainwa area, appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony.
Asking the district police to investigate the incidents impartially, he told them to take stern action against the anti-social elements.