Normalcy returns to Kandhmal; Night curfew to continue

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Bhubaneswar, Jan 4 (UNI) Night curfew continued in Phulbani, Daringibadi and Brahamnigaon and was extended to Phiringia, while educational institutions, which were closed in the wake of the communal clash in Kandhamal district, were reopened today after normalcy returned.

Briefing newspersons here, Orissa Chief Secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathy said though the situation was normal in Phiringia, the night curfew was imposed in the area just to make the people comfortable and secure.

He said classes could not be held in three schools - Mount Carmel school at Baliguda, Seva Sadan Schools at Brahamnigaon and Barkhama High schools as those were being used aa relief camps.

The Chief Secretary said barring a few stray incidents no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the district since December 27 and hoped total normalcy would be restored in next four to five days.

The Chief Secretary said four to five incidents were reported from Phiringia during the past few days but it had nothing to do with the communal clash.

He said the Central government had agreed to the State Government's suggestion to continue the deployment of paramilitary forces in the district till January 7 to instil confidence among the people.

So far 99 cases were registered in different police stations against the people involved in the clash and 104 people were arrested in connection with the communal clash.

Altogether 58 villages were affected in the communal clash, which claimed three lives and left 25 injured.

As many as 657 houses were either partially or totally damaged in the clash and 21 peace committees had organised 35 meetings in different places to restore peace and harmony.

Mr Tripathy said the field survey was being carried out to assess the damage and likely to be completed by tomorrow.

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