Kandhmal tense;Curfew in 9 police station limits clamped

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Bhubaneswar, Oct 1 (UNI) Perturbed over continuing violence and group clashes in some pockets of the strife-torn Kandhmal district over the past few days, the authority today clamped the day curfew in nine sensitive police station limits to prevent violence from spreading to other areas.

Revenue Divisional Commissioner(RDC) Satyabrata Sahu said, ''The day curfew was imposed in Phulbani,Baliguda, G Udayagiri, Raikia, Tikabali, Nuagaon, Tumudibandh,Saranggada and Gochhapada police station areas.'' He informed that the situation prevailing in the police station limits would be reviewed in the evening and a decision to extend the curfew would be taken.

The authority was forced to reimpose curfew from this morning following violence and community clashes reported in five villages under G Udayagiri police station yesterday in which a woman was killed and several others injured.

Several houses were also torched by the miscreants leading to a bloody clash in which members from both the community used firearms and indulged in heavy brickbats.

Mr Sahoo said though the trouble was more or less confined to five villages, the authority,in a bid to prevent the violence from spreading to other areas,decided to clamp the day curfew in the nine police stations.

The police stations in the district have witnessed communal violence during the past one month following the assassination of VHP leader Swami Laxmananda Saraswati and four of his disciples on August 23 inside the Jalaspeta Ashram in Kandhmal district.

Furthermore, the RDC has ordered that the people holding gun licenses in the district should surrender their arms and ammunition within the next 24 hours failing which strong action would be taken.

The police also launched a ''house to house'' search operation to seize the unlicensed and illegal guns from the people in the district.


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