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Sep 13, 2013 at 01:19pm IST

Muzaffarnagar riots: Curfew lifted for the day as tensions subside

Muzaffarnagar: The tensions in Muzaffarnagar seem to be under control after violent riots in the city and the neighbouring areas had left 48 people dead. Uttar Pradesh ADG Law and Order P Arun Kumar said that the situation in Muzaffarnagar is normal and added that curfew has been lifted for the day as no untoward incident has been reported from the rural areas in the past three days.

He also said that the police is now focusing on specific areas as tensions remain in some areas of the city. He said that efforts are being made to ensure security in those villages first where there were no incidents, and are trying to persuade the people who had migrated in search for a safer place, to come back to their homes.

Keeping in view the sensitivity of the situation in the wake of the Friday prayers, Kumar said that appropriate security arrangements have been made in affected districts to avoid any untoward incident.

He added that the police is examining the content of the CDs that have been recovered to ascertain if inflammatory speeches have been made by some political leaders which led to the communal clashes. He said that action will be taken after they look into the case. "We are examining the CDs and there are clear cut guidelines of the Supreme Court that what are the clauses under which 153 A section is to be applied. We are examining the content that who are the persons who come onto that particular category and accordingly we will be taking action," he said.

Markets in the city have reopened for the third day and the curfew has been relaxed from 7 in the morning till 7 in the evening.