U.P. on alert after violence

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Security personnel patrolling a curfew-bound area in Allahabad on Saturday.– PHOTO: PTI
Security personnel patrolling a curfew-bound area in Allahabad on Saturday.– PHOTO: PTI

The Uttar Pradesh Government has declared a state of alert after violence erupted in Lucknow, Kanpur and Allahabad on Friday. An official spokesman said here on Saturday that vigil has been intensified at all religious and sensitive places in view of Id-ul-Fitr. Security has been tightened at railway and bus stations and other public places. He said the Government ordered that an adequate number of Rapid Action Force, Railway Protection Force and Provincial Armed Constabulary personnel be deployed. The district police chiefs have been asked to alert peace committees and hold regular meetings with the people of all communities.

No arrest has been made in Lucknow 24 hours after a mob indulged in violence and arson. An FIR against unnamed persons was lodged at Hazratganj police station on Friday. Now steps are being taken to file an FIR at Wazirganj police station.

Director General of Police A.C. Sharma and Principal Secretary (Home) R.M. Srivastava have appealed to the people from the North-East not to be swayed by rumours. If they sense trouble, they should contact the nearest police station.

Meanwhile, curfew was relaxed at Bareilly for seven hours, from 5 a.m. to noon, as no untoward incident occurred. Areas of six police stations have been under curfew for three weeks after communal violence broke out.

Curfew imposed in the Kotwali area of Allahabad on Friday was lifted.

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