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UTTAR PRADESH

Lucknow tense but peaceful

Sunday 5 March 2006

U.P. Govt. constituted a high-level probe team to look into reasons behind violence

LUCKNOW: Situation in violence-torn areas of Uttar Pradesh capital remained tense, but peaceful after yesterday’s communal flare-up left four dead and scores injured. UP government, meanwhile, constituted a high-level administrative probe to look into the reasons behind the clash, which was triggered during an anti-Bush demonstration. Meanwhile, the probe team will also find out ways to check recurrence of similar clashes in future.

The team, headed by Agricultural Production Commissioner (APC) Navin Bajpai would submit its report in the next two days. Additional Director General of Police (ADG) Railways Bua Singh would be the other member of the team.

The home department official, claimed peace had returned to the areas effected by violence. ``As of now 20 companies of PAC and 4 companies of RAF are positioned in the areas. Eight more RAF companies had been put on call to deal with the situation.’’

He claimed autopsy of all the four victims had taken place and cremated by their kin. The principal secretary skirted questions on failure of police to quell violence yesterday. ``All the issues would be covered by the probe.’’

Confusion at exam centres

Confusion prevailed at some Board examination centres of the Uttar Pradesh Capital, that witnessed a communal clash yesterday.

Though the State Government announced that UP Board exams at centres falling under Aminabad and Kaiserbagh areas were postponed following violence, hoards of unsure students and their guardians turned up at the centres.

``The examinations would be held at a later date for these centres and the results would be declared together,’’ principal secretary (Home) Alok Sinha said here. He claimed the declaration of results would not be affected due to postponement.

District Administration officials deployed in violence-ravaged areas said no CBSE examination centre fell in the troubled areas. "Students living in these areas who have to appear for the CBSE examinations were escorted out of the area well in time to help them take their papers,’’ said an official this afternoon.Tension was writ large on the faces of students and their parents as the VHP and BJP had announced a state-wide bandh to protest the violence.

Parents claimed they feared a fresh bout of violence and said they were in a dilemma to leave their wards at the centres. Most parents said they would prefer to wait outside for today’s papers to end.The High School and Intermediate 2006 exams being conducted by Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad, UP began this morning at 7,814 centres.

More than 44 lakh candidates including 27,96,647 in High school and 16,42,275 in Intermediate are appearing in both exams. - UNI

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