Fear grips people in Bhainsa, no fresh clashes

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Adilabad, Andhra Pradesh, Oct 13 (UNI) People in the communally sensitive Bhainsa town were in the grip of fear as normal life was affected for the fourth day today in the curfew-bound town and surrounding areas where communal clashes erupted during the immersion procession on October ten.

District Superintendent of Police (DSP) Anil Kumar told UNI here while no fresh clashes were reported, normalcy had not been restored so far.

Though tension prevailed in Bhainsa town, the situation in Nirmal and Asifabad towns was under control, he said adding the curfew, which was in force in Bhainsa town, would be lifted once normalcy was restored.

He said Rapid Action Force personnel (RAF) were positioned in the sensitive areas to maintain law and order along with local police to prevent further clashes.

Andhra Pradesh Roads and Building Minister T Jeevan Reddy visited the riot-hit areas of Bhainsa and Vottoli today and assured the people that the government would take all steps to bring normalcy in the town and surrounding areas.

He said the State Government has decided to order a CBI inquiry into the incidents and stringent action would be taken against the perpetrators as per the law.

Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President N Chandrababu Naidu visited Bhainsa and Vottoli village, where six persons of a family were burnt alive by miscreants allegedly in connection with the communal clashes.

Alleging that the Government had failed to take precautionary measures in Bhainsa, which has been witnessing communal clashes for the last three decades, he said there were no communal clashes in the state during the nine-year TDP rule.

The TDP leader met the families of the deceased and offered Rs 50,000 to the family of one of the deceased, killed in the communal clashes.

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