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Shimoga remains incident free as curfew continues for third day

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RESPITE:People standing in a queue during relaxation of curfew to buy milk and other essential commodities
RESPITE:People standing in a queue during relaxation of curfew to buy milk and other essential commodities

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Curfew was relaxed between 7 a.m. and 8.30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.

Situation under control, say District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police

Schools and colleges in the city to reopen today

SHIMOGA: Shimoga city rocked by communal violence on Monday remained incident free on Wednesday even as curfew was continued for the third day as a precautionary measure.

However, the curfew was relaxed twice in the day — from 7 a.m. to 8.30 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. — for the convenience of the public to make quick purchase of milk and other essential commodities.

The roads continued to be deserted in view of the curfew with police personnel keeping a close watch on anti-social elements. Though the entry points to the city were sealed, people were allowed after a thorough check on selective basis.

Both District Magistrate Pankaj Kumar Pandey and Superintendent of Police S. Murugan said that the situation was under control.

They, however, said that there was no let-up in patrolling.

People had the bitter taste of curfew as they were forced to remain home bound. Government offices remained open, though there were no employees. Schools and colleges remained closed for the second day in view of the tense situation.

Passengers hit

In-coming and out-going passengers were put to inconvenience as all scheduled services of both the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation and private buses were suspended.

The number of persons arrested in connection with the violent incidents rose to 94 with 24 of them being taken into custody in the last 24 hours.

Some of them who were produced before the Magistrate were remanded to judicial custody.

Meanwhile, Mr. Pandey held a peace committee meeting on Wednesday in which the leaders of various communities and political parties, including the former Shimoga MP, Ayanur Manjunath, and the former MLC, Mir Azeez Ahmed, participated.

The participants in the meeting appealed to all sections to maintain communal peace and harmony.

The condition of two persons, who were seriously injured in the incidents, are said to be out of danger. Zafrullah, who was injured in police firing, was shifted to Manipal Hospital, while Lakshman of Bidar, who was stabbed, was shifted to a private hospital in Bangalore.

The other injured persons are being treated at the Mcgann Hospital here.

The Deputy Commissioner said this evening that local colleges and schools, which were asked to close down on Tuesday and Wednesday in view of the disturbances, would reopen on Thursday.

He said that the I PUC examination scheduled to be held here on Tuesday and Wednesday would be held on March 10 and 11.

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