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Toll in Aligarh violence up to 6

Monday 10 April 2006

Calm prevails in city, indefinite curfew continues

Probe ordered into fresh incidents of violence Incidents over two days "engineered"

Aligarh: Calm prevailed in the city with no reports of any untoward incident after Saturday’s fresh outbreak of violence claimed one life taking the toll in the three-day communal flare-up to six even as indefinite curfew clamped in the old city areas continued.

The 30-year old man who was critically injured after fresh firing incidents on Saturday succumbed in the AMU Medical College Hospital on Sunday.

Divisional Commissioner Ashok Kumar said the indefinite curfew in the old city areas remained in force and at least 1,700 para-military force personnel were deployed in different parts of the city. He said a demand for 600 more Central Reserve Police Force men had been made.

He said the city had been divided into 24 sectors and officers deputed in each sector would be held responsible for any breach of peace. A systematic probe was being conducted into the incidents of fresh violence although the preliminary inquiries suggested that the incidents during the past two days were "engineered".

Barring the Aligarh Muslim University, which continued to function normally, all schools and colleges in the city remained closed till further orders.

Uttar Pradesh Minister of Industries Khawaja Haleem on Sunday handed over cheques of Rs. 5 lakh each to the next of the kin of the four persons killed in the firing on Thursday afternoon.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav told journalists in Kanpur that said the situation in Aligarh was under control and fast improving.

Terming as "baseless" the Opposition parties’ charges that the Government had failed to tackle the riots, Mr. Yadav said the Government was doing its best.

Senior BJP leader and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh was detained in Kanpur on Sunday when he was on his way to visit the riot-affected areas of Aligarh. - PTI, UNI

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