Jeypore tense,Kandhmal returns to normalcy

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Bhubaneswar,Sep 2 (UNI) Situation continued to be tense in the trouble torn Koraput while normalcy returned to the riot-hit Kandhmal.

Police said two churches were damaged at Kudura about 15 km from Jeypore in Koraput district today.

Though the situation was tense the authorities today relaxed the curfew in Jeypore town for seven hours in two phases to help the people to collect their basic requirements.

Curfew was clamped in Jeypore town on August 30 after a mob went on rampage attacking police station and damaging places of worships and vehicles.

Police said the trouble started after the students belonging to two communities fought with each other over the display of a graffiti in the local Vikarma Dev College.

In Kandhamal, the situation was reported normal with no reports of any untoward incident was reported from anywhere. School and colleges were opened and government offices were functioning normally.

However, the night curfew was in force in some sensitive areas as a preventive measure, police said.

Union Home Ministr Shivraj Patil is arriving here tomorrow to assess the situation in Kandhmal and other places of the state which witnessed group clashes, arson and setting of fire to the worship places and house in the aftermath of the killing of VHP leader Swami Laxmananada Saraswati on August 23.

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