Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: Curfew imposed in Bhilwara city of Rajasthan following communal violence during the Muharram procession on Tuesday continued for the second day on Wednesday even as the police arrested 18 persons on charges of rioting and arson.

Six persons, including a police constable, were injured in the violence.

According to police sources here, 13 cases have been registered in connection with the violence in the Subhash Nagar and Kotwali police station areas in the industrial town.

Curfew remained in force without relaxation in the Bhimganj, Sanganeri Gate and Sanganer areas.

Three persons injured in the clashes who were admitted to the Government Hospital are now stated to be out of danger.

No untoward incident was reported from any part of the town since Tuesday night.

Special Task Force jawans called in to help in maintenance of law and order staged a flag march in the curfew-bound areas.

Agitated mobs had ransacked some shops and a petrol pump, damaged about a dozen vehicles, including a police jeep, and hurled stones at policemen after some miscreants torched a portion of a mosque situated on Sanganer Road.

The clashes in Bhilwara and suburban Sanganer erupted during the Muharram procession on Monday and the situation deteriorated on Tuesday, forcing the district administration to clamp curfew in some parts of the city.