Curfew lifted from clash zones in Dewas in MP

Dewas: Curfew was lifted today from two localities under Kotwali Police Station here following normalcy, three days after it was clamped due to a communal clash in the area.

“We lifted the curfew around 8 AM today. Peace prevailed in Kari-Bawdi and Malli Mohalla localities,” district collector, Ashutosh Awasthi, told PTI.

“In a prelude to lift the curfew, we relaxed it in between 9 AM and 6 PM yesterday. No untoward incident was reported and following peace we have lifted it,” he said.

Trouble had started in Kotwali area here when a man was allegedly attacked with weapons by three persons of another community in a market on January 15 night, police said.

The incident led to a stampede in the market and triggered rumours leading to a clash and stone-pelting between the two groups.

In the attack, a 25-year-old MBA student, identified as Narendra Rajoria, suffered injuries who later died in Indore during treatment on Saturday, police added.

In view of the tension, curfew was imposed in the two localities on the morning of January 16 and about 50 people were arrested, while around eight petrol bombs were seized during searches.