Curfew declared in Sambalpur town after Hanuman Jayanti violence

Sambalpur: Sambalpur district administration clamped curfew in Sambalpur town after violence between two groups during Hanuman Jayanti motorcycle rally.

The curfew has been imposed under section 144 (1) of CrPC from Friday night till indefinite period to restore peace and normalcy in the urban areas of Sambalpur post violence.

As per the order, no individual or group of people can exit their houses to ensure peace and tranquility in the jurisdiction area of Twon Police Station, Dhanupali Police Station, Khetrajpur Police Station, Ainthapali Police Station, Bareipali Police Station and Sadar Police Station of Sambalpur with immediate effect.

However, relaxation has been made from 8 am to 10 am and 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm for the residents to get out of their houses to buy essential commodities during the period, the district administration announced.

For medical emergencies, the residents may call on helpline number 7655800760 during the curfew.

DIG (north central range) Brijesh Kumar Rai said that some shops were torched and ransacked on Friday night. So, the administration decided to clamp the curfew to restore peace and normalcy in the region following the violence in the city.

Earlier, section 144 had been imposed in the town after violence broke out between two groups during a motorcycle rally on April 12 ahead of Hanuman Jayanti.

At least 10 police personnel and several residents of majority community were severely injured in the clash.

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