Muzaffarnagar, Sept 16: In a sign that signals normalcy being returned to the riot-affected Muzaffarnagar district of the western Uttar Pradesh, district authorities on Monday evening lifted long-imposed curfew.
According to reports, curfew imposed on riot affected Muzaffarnagar has been lifted in all areas, soon after Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, UPA president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi visited the district earlier in the day.
The situation in Muzaffarnagar and the adjoining areas is said to be calm, peaceful and normal in the past week as curfew was lifted for 4 to 5 hours.
No untoward incident was reported from any part of the district during the curfew relaxation period and normal traffic was seen on the roads with people coming out of their houses to attend to their daily works.
The communal violence that broke out in Muzaffarnagar on August 27 has claimed more than 47 lives.
No untoward incident was reported from district during the curfew relaxation.
The Army and heavy police personnel were deployed in riot-hit areas of the district immediately after the situation went out of control.
542 people have been arrested so far in connection with communal violence in the district and surrounding areas.