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26 held, Faizabad SP suspended

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Violence had broken out over the route of Durga idols procession

Tight security:Police and Rapid Action Force men patrolling a street in Chowk area of violence-hit Faizabad on Friday.- Photo: PTI
Tight security:Police and Rapid Action Force men patrolling a street in Chowk area of violence-hit Faizabad on Friday.- Photo: PTI

Twenty-six people have been arrested for rioting and arson even as Faizabad district is limping back to normality after two days of communal violence which claimed two lives and left many injured. Violence had broken out on Wednesday after a dispute between two communities over the route to be taken for a procession of idols of Durga on the occasion of Vijayadashami.

No incident of rioting was reported on Friday. The Kotwali and Cantonment police station areas continued to remain under curfew, although Muslims were allowed to offer Friday prayers in local mosques.

Late on Thursday night the Uttar Pradesh Government suspended Superintendent of Police (City) of Faizabad Ramji Singh Yadav, Additional District Magistrate Srikant Mishra, City Magistrate Tilakdhari Yadav and Station House Officer of Kotwali police station Bhullan Yadav for dereliction of duty.

Inspector-General (Law & Order) B. P. Singh told journalists here that the forces deployed in the district had not been withdrawn. In view of Id-ul-Adha on Saturday, 84 companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary have been placed under the command of the IG (Zone) and the DIG (Range) of Faizabad. In addition, 55 companies of the PAC have been kept as a reserve force, while 10 companies of the Rapid Action Force have been deployed in sensitive areas.

The IG said 13 cases of arson and rioting were registered against miscreants in Faizabad, and the District Magistrate was assessing the damage to shops which were burnt by rioters on Wednesday night.

A senior police officer said if the situation continues to improve a decision would be taken on relaxing curfew in view of Id-ul-Adha.

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