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Normalcy Returning In Bhadrak

While there is improvement in the situation in the town since 8 April, miscreants are trying to spread rumors, so the Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi has urged the people not to believe the rumors.

 
Mr.Padhi is continuously monitoring the situation as it improved the District Authorities  relaxed curfew for four hours this morning even as two platoons of Rapid Action Force and 30 companies of State Police patrolled the sensitive areas.
 
So People rushed to the markets to buy essentials when the shops opened during the curfew relaxation period and there was brisk activity.  
 
The curfew that was imposed on Friday was relaxed from 8 am to 11 am today but later extended till 12 noon to allow people to procure essential commodities.
It was re-imposed till 7am tomorrow as a precautionary measure, said official sources.
 
Meanwhile, the Crime Branch has launched an investigation into the rumours circulated through social media following directions by Chief Secretary Mr.Padhi.
 
The Cyber Cell of Crime Branch would seek information from people to track miscreants spreading hate messages on social media and strict action would be taken against them, Special Director General of Police (Crime) B K Sharma said.
 
In the meantime Social Media like Face Book, WhatsApp, Twitter have been blocked by the State Government for 48 hours in Bhadrak and adjoining areas.
 
Three companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and two companies of CRPF have been deployed  to support the District Police in maintaining law and order in the town, Bhadrak SP Dilip Das said.
 
Additional forces, including armed police, were deployed as part of an effort to restore peace in the town which had witnessed violence on Thursday and Friday, Das said, adding 36 platoons of police force have been deployed in the area.
 
Principal Secretary Asit Tripathy and DGP K B Singh are camping there to monitor and supervise the peace operation.
 
Over 40 people have been arrested so far in connection with the violence which left several shops gutted and vehicles damaged.

Prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC remained in force in nearby Dhamnagar and Basudevpur as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of violence, a police official said.

Meanwhile, Tihidi Police Station Inspector-In-Charge (IIC) Manoj Rout has replaced Bhadrak Town IIC Jadunath Jena.

 

Violence had erupted in Bhadrak on Thursday after a group staged a demonstration near the town police station demanding immediate arrest of those involved in posting alleged offensive remarks against Hindu deities on Social Media.

Though the District Administration clamped prohibitory orders, tension persisted and fresh violence erupted on Friday despite a peace meeting called by the Administration to restore normalcy.
 
The escalation in tension prompted the administration to impose curfew on Friday, while security men held a flag march in the town yesterday to dispel fears from the minds of the people.
 
Now situation is under control but it is tense, said a Top Cop.
 


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