Curfew in Odisha town following group clash

Bhubaneswar: Authorities on Thursday imposed a curfew in Odisha’s Kendrapara town as tension prevailed following a group clash on Wednesday.

Internet services were also suspended to prevent the spread of fake news and rumours.

“The district administration was forced to impose curfew in Kendrapara town due to deteriorating law and order situation. The curfew will continue from 4 p.m. today (Thursday) till 8.30 a.m. on Friday,” said sub-collector Sanjay Kumar Mishra.

The clash erupted during Netaji Jayanti celebrations at the Kendrapara government high school.

Following the clash, the district administration imposed Section 144 in the town. However, the two feuding groups pelted stones at each other despite the deployment of the police.

Meanwhile, a dawn-to-dusk shutdown on Thursday called in Kendrapara by the Rashtriya Suraksha Manch, an outfit protesting alleged disrespect to freedom fighters, paralysed normal life.

Business establishments, several offices and all educational institutions in the town remained shut.