Odisha: Prohibitory orders clamped after communal tension sparks in Dhamnagar

A rumour over a fire incident in the main market at Dhamnagar sparked off communal tension in the town in Bhadrak district in Odisha forcing the executives to clamp prohibitory orders on Saturday.

PTI April 29, 2017 18:59:39 IST
Odisha: Prohibitory orders clamped after communal tension sparks in Dhamnagar

Bhadrak: A rumour over a fire incident in the main market at Dhamnagar sparked off communal tension in the town in Bhadrak district in Odisha forcing the executives to clamp prohibitory orders on Saturday.

Odisha Prohibitory orders clamped after communal tension sparks in Dhamnagar

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"Prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC were imposed and armed forces deployed in the town to maintain law and order and prevent any flare-up," Superintendent of Police Anup Kumar Sahoo said.

The situation is under control and no untoward incident has taken place, but prohibitory orders will remain in force at least until Sunday as a preventive measure, he said.

Tension surfaced in Dhamnagar and adjacent areas like Dobal and Palikiri Saturday morning as rumours spread in the town giving a communal colour to a fire that gutted some structures and rooms in the main marker late Friday night, police said.

District Collector Gyana Ranjan Das rushed to the spot and said the reason of the fire was yet to be ascertained and no FIR lodged by the affected people.

Meanwhile, the curfew remained in force for eight hours during Friday night with 16-hour relaxation in Bhadrak town where violence erupted on 6 and 7 April over alleged abusive remarks against Hindu deities on social media.

Over 235 have been arrested in connection with the violence, police said.

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