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Curfew affects normal life in Rajasthan’s Banswara, tense situation continues

Sporadic incidents of arson are being reported almost daily.

May 15, 2017, 12:45 pm

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Jaipur: Curfew clamped in Rajasthan’s Banswara following communal tension is affecting normal life as the district administration didn’t lift the curfew for the fourth consecutive day on Monday. Sporadic incidents of arson are being reported almost daily and the administration didn’t want to take a chance. Update: Curfew was relaxed for three hours. Click on the link below to read more Rajasthan: Curfew relaxed for three hours in communal violence-hit Banswara The administration, however, managed to get PTET conducted at 19 examination centres in the town without any incident. As people weren’t allowed to venture out of their homes, they were unable to arrange for food and other necessary items. The entire town was cordoned off with a ban on the entry of vehicles from other nearby towns and villages. Daily wagers have been worst affected by the curfew. People were hoping that the administration would give some relaxation in the curfew on Sunday, but rioters torched three auto rickshaws in Thikaria area close to the town. A total of 67 people have been arrested in connection with rioting and violence since Friday. Police teams searched more than two dozens houses and found swords, officials said. Heavy police force has been deployed throughout the town. Senior police officers including IG, Udaipur Anand Srivastava camped in the town to monitor law and order situation. The tension spread in Banswara following a dispute over a religious place in the town four days ago. In the next three hours, people indulged in arson, torched vehicles and fired guns. People even put fire to PLG cylinders, causing explosions. The district administration and police reacted too late to contain the tension which spread throughout the town from Khantwara area.

First published: May 15, 2017