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Kanpur returns to normalcy following clashes between two communities

News Agencies | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 6:53 IST

Two days after clashes broke out between two communities over alleged desecration of a religious poster, things are returning to normal in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur district.

The local markets, government as well as private schools and colleges, which were closed after the clash, reopened on 26 October, with an exception of four affected areas, Chamanganj, Fazalganj, Naubasta, and Sishamau, District Magistrate (DM), Kaushalraj Sharma said.

No untoward incident was reported from the city, but section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which prohibits assembling of a large group of people, is still in place.

As a safety measure, the police and paramilitary forces were keeping a strict vigil in the four affected areas, said officials.

The Bhannapurwa area, where two policemen who were on patrol were injured when a mob had opened fire at them on Saturday, is especially under strict police protection, the DM said.

On Saturday, a clash had broken out between two communities over alleged disrespect to a religious poster, following which police had resorted to lathicharge to bring situation under control.

Members of two communities had engaged in a scuffle after poster of a Goddess was found on the ground at Darshanpurwa under Fazalganj police station here.

As many as 2550 people, including women, were booked at various police stains in this connection.


First published: 27 October 2015, 9:44 IST