Night curfew not to be reimposed in Kolkata

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Kolkata, Nov 22: The West Bengal Government today decided not to reimpose night curfew in five police station areas of the city, which witnessed a largescale violence yesterday, following improvement in situation.

''There will be no curfew tonight in those areas. But Army patrolling will continue, '' Police Commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakraborty said.

He said the decision was taken at a high-level meeting that reviewed the latest situation.

Life in the five police station areas slowly came back to normal today after the overnight curfew as shops, markets and schools reopened and the people resumed their outdoor work.

There were no reports of any untoward incident from anywhere.

The Army was deployed in Park Street, Topsia, Beniapukur, Entally and Karaya after the situation spun out of control over a three-hour shutdown programme that snowballed into an unprecedented violence.

The night curfew was from 2200 hours to 0600 hours during which troops patrolled the streets.

The shutdown was called by the All India Minority Forum, a little known organisation, demanding cancellation of visa of controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin and in protest against the violence in Nandigram.


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