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Curfew slapped in tension-hit Kendrapara town

Kendrapara: As the flare-up erupted out of a group clash in Kendrapara town of Odisha has refused to die down with a fresh violence today, the district administration imposed curfew in the municipality area under section 144 of CrPC to maintain public order.

The prohibitory order will remain in force till tomorrow 8 am during which no public gathering at any point in the town will be allowed, sub-collector Sanjay Kumar Mishra informed.

“Due to some fresh violence, we were forced to impose curfew in the municipal area, which will remain in force from today 4pm to 8am tomorrow. Public transportation, communication will be restricted. Schools, colleges, banks and other offices and business establishments have been closed”, Mishra said.

As many as 14 platoons of police have been deployed at sensitive areas and patrolling has been intensified. More forces are coming from Cuttack, he added.

Kendrapara SP Niti Sekhar said that situation is now under control. “We have kept strict vigil on the mischief mongers in the town. Social media is under close watch. People are appealed not to post anything on social media that would go against the social harmony. Violators will be taken to task” he added.

Some fresh violence occurred today at Kali temple square and other areas in the town involving two groups pelting stones at each other. It was outcome of yesterday’s clash.

Police conducted flag march last night and appealed to the people to maintain peace and not to believe any rumours.

Prohibitory order under section 144 was slapped yesterday following tension over holding a meeting on occasion of Veer Surendra Sai and Netaji Subhas Bose’s birth anniversary.

One group took out a rally from Sishu Vidyamandir and Santasahi to Kendrapara government high school ground to celebrate the birth anniversary of two great freedom fighters.

But another group opposed the meeting which subsequently trigger tension.

Rashtriya Surakhya Samiti observed 12-hour bandh in Kendrapara, protesting police inaction against the group of people who created the unrest in the town.

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