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Curfew relaxed in Faizabad areas

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Security personnel patrol violence-hit Faizabad on Monday as people buy essential items during relaxed hours of curfew in the Chowk Area.PTI Photo
Security personnel patrol violence-hit Faizabad on Monday as people buy essential items during relaxed hours of curfew in the Chowk Area.PTI Photo

With normalcy returning to Faizabad, curfew was relaxed for six hours in Kotwali and Sadar police station areas on Monday. No untoward incident was reported during relaxation of curfew, senior police official said in Lucknow.

About 80 persons have been arrested and 20 cases of rioting and arson registered against the miscreants anti-social elements.

Meanwhile, a fact-finding team has alleged that the recent communal violence in Faizabad district was sponsored in a bid to unleash maximum harm to the Muslims. The team of a human rights organisation called Rihai Manch, which visited Faizabad on Sunday, alleged that the riots were directly linked to the communal politics surrounding the theft of idols from Devkali temple on the night of September 21-22 and their recovery on October 23.

The team in its report said that following the theft there were widespread rumours that the idols had been stolen by the Muslims. However, the recovery of the idols on October 23 and the revelation that they were stolen by the Hindus demoralised the communal elements, who nevertheless subjected Faizabad to a bitter dose of communal violence, the Rihai Manch has alleged.

Following large-scale violence and arson, the famed Hasan Raza Khan mosque in the Chowk area of the town was burnt by miscreants who also ransacked the office of “Aapki Taaqat”, a bilingual Hindu/Urdu newspaper. About 35 shops were torched during the violence on October 24 and 25. The Rihai Manch team comprised of Alok Agnihotri, Subrat Gupta and Rajeev Yadav.

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