Tense situation in Bhainsa, no fresh clashes

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Adilabad, Andhra Pradesh, Oct 13 (UNI) Normal life was totally affected for the fourth day today in the curfew-bound Bhainsa Town and surrounding areas where communal clashes erupted during immersion procession on October 10.

District Superintendent of Police (DSP) Anil Kumar told UNI here though no fresh clashes were reported today, 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 He said the curfew would be withdrawn once the normalcy was restored.

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

The department had taken stringent measures to prevent communal clashes spreading to other areas in the district, the DSP claimed.

Three people were killed and 15 injured when violence broke out at Bhainsa Town in this district during an immersion ceremony on October 10.

Four policemen, including a Sub-Inspector, were injured in the incident. Around 60 shops and ten vehicles were torched by rioting mobs during the clashes. No one had been arrested so far.

In another incident, six people, including three children, were burnt alive yesterday at their residence in Vottoli. The government had decided to order a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the incident.

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