Moradabad peaceful, curfew relaxed
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Last Updated: Friday, August 12, 2011, 22:30
Lucknow: Friday prayers passed off peacefully in curfew-bound Moradabad town, where communal tension had flared up following arson by devotees of Lord Shiva, with the district administration giving three to seven hours relaxation on Friday.

"Seven hours of curfew relaxation was given in Mugalpur, Kotwali, Nagphani and Majhaula police station areas from 10.00 hours while three-and-half-hour relief was given in Katghar, Gal Shaheed and Jayantipur area under Majhaula police station areas from 11.30 horurs and it passed off peacefully', Special DG Brij Lal told newspersons here.

Friday prayers passed off peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere, he said adding that keeping in mind the prevailing peaceful situation the curfew relaxation period would be increased from tomorrow. Night curfew would, however, continue, Brij Lal said.

Curfew was imposed in six police station areas of Moradabad on August 9 last as communal tension erupted in the wake of an incident of 'kanwarias' (devotees of Lord) Shiva allegedly setting afire some vehicles and pelting stones at a factory unit where people were offering prayers.

The 'kanwarias' were apparently angry at a change in their procession route being changed.


First Published: Friday, August 12, 2011, 22:30

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