Curfew relaxed by 2 hours in violence-hit Khargone; In college

Only milk, vegetable, medical and ration shops have been opened for two hours.

Khargone: Curfew was relaxed for two hours in Madhya Pradesh’s violence-hit Khargone city on Thursday and only women were allowed to step out to shop for essential items.

After four days in the riot-hit city, several women were seen making brisk purchases during the discounts given from 10 am on Thursday.

A police official said that 121 people have been arrested so far in connection with the violence.

Curfew was imposed in Khargone on Sunday evening following incidents of arson and stone pelting during Ram Navami celebrations.

“The situation is under control. Only women have been allowed to step out of their homes and buy essential items during the two-hour relaxation provided from 10 am onwards,” Khargone Collector Anugrah P told reporters.

He said that only milk, vegetable, medical and ration shops have been opened for two hours.

Inspector General of Police (Indore-Rural Area) Rakesh Gupta said that so far 121 people have been arrested in connection with the violence and 89 of them have been sent to jail.

In the light of violent incidents in parts of Madhya Pradesh since Sunday, the state government has issued an alert to the authorities in all districts for the upcoming festivals.

An official earlier said that the state government has constituted a two-member Claims Tribunal to recover damages from those involved in the communal violence in Khargone.

He said that a gazette notification was issued on Tuesday for the constitution of the tribunal.

The tribunal, headed by retired district judge Dr Shivkumar Mishra and former state government secretary Prabhat Parashar, will complete the work in a period of three months, the notification said.

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