Curfew relaxed in Muzaffarnagar, constable injured in Baghpat communal clash

RiotsA total of 40 people have died in the clashes in various districts of western Uttar Pradesh. (IE Photo)

With the situation showing improvement, curfew was relaxed for five hours on Wednesday in riot-hit Muzaffarnagar while Baghpat witnessed a communal clash leaving a constable injured.

District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said the situation in Muzaffarnagar was under control and no untoward incident was reported during the day.

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"Curfew was relaxed relaxed from 12 noon till 4 pm and later extended till 5 pm in Kotwali, Civil Lines and Nai Mandi areas of the district," IG (Special Task Force) Ashish Gupta told reporters in Lucknow.

Strict vigil was being maintained during the relaxation period and police and paramilitary forces are on high alert, Sharma said.

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Two communities clashed in Tirthal village in Baghpat during which stones were pelted at each other. A constable sustained head injuries, Gupta said.

A gun, 41 cartridges of AK-47 and 17 other cartridges were recovered during house-to-house searches in a village in Baghpat, police said.

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Knives, daggers and swords were also recovered during the searches launched by police in village Kirthal after a gunner of a Circle Officer was injured in stone-pelting.

"A patrolling party was passing through the village when stones were hurled at it from a house. One policeman was hit in the head," SP Laxmi Singh said.

Some 40 persons were arrested during the combing operation in the village, police said.

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The administration had imposed curfew in Kotwali, Civil Lines and Nai Mandi areas of the district on Saturday last following the communal flare up. Yesterday, curfew was relaxed for two-and-a-half in these areas.

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