Curfew continues in communally charged Sangli

Pune: The situation at Miraj in neighbouring Sangli district continued to be tense but under control even as the Ganesh immersion disrupted due to communal violence, recommenced last night under police protection.

The Miraj township and Sangli city continued to be under curfew imposed on Saturday night, official sources said on Monday.

In Miraj, 70 per cent of Sarvajanik Ganesh idols had been immersed till this morning after authorities held discussions with various social organisations in order to establish peace.

The trouble had started on the Anant Chaturdashi day-- September 3-- when some pro-Hindutva organisations tried to raise an arch on the immersion procession route, depicting murder of Mogul warrior Afzulkhan by King Shivaji recorded in the Maratha history.

This led to clash between two groups and violence that had repercussions in Sangli city also.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Home Minister Jayant Patil who visited the trouble spots, told reporters that 23 persons had been arrested in connection with the violent incidents over the last four days.

The State Director General of police S S Virk was personally supervising the situation.

The authorities today announced relaxation of curfew in Miraj for half an hour in the morning. The curfew will remain in force in Miraj till afternoon tomorrow, they added.

Bureau Report