Bhubaneswar, April 10: After Odisha’s communal violence stirred up in Bhadrak province stringent curfew was imposed to handle the situation that went out of control on Friday. Currently, the situation is under control and curfew has been relaxed since Sunday till today morning from 7 am to 12 pm to allow people to purchase essential commodities.A senior official said that “People queued up at shops to purchase essential items following improvement in the overall situation in the strife-torn town.” The crime branch has launched an investigation into the rumors circulated through social media following directions by Chief Secretary A P Padhi, who has appealed to people not to believe in such rumors. Taking strong action to control the unrest, the administration has blocked the social media including WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter for next 48 hours.
The cyber police cell 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. Three companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and two companies of CRPF have arrived to assist 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 the police force have been deployed in the area.
On Friday, curfew was imposed in Odisha’s coastal town of Bhadrak as violence erupted after objectionable comments on Hindu deities were posted on Facebook. Mobs set ablaze shops, torched vehicles and burned police vehicles to protest. Curfew imposed in Bhadrak town has been extended today till 6 pm. So far over 40 persons have been detained by police. Even the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the evening appealed to people to maintain calm and peace.