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Riot-hit Saharanpur hopes for a peaceful Eid, curfew to be partly relaxed

Jul 29, 2014 07:57 AM IST India India

Saharanpur: Tensions have eased slightly in the riot-hit Saharanpur with everyone hoping that the festival of Eid will be a peaceful one. Curfew will be relaxed from 7 am to 11 am on the Ambala road and Behat road.

The other areas will get to see curfew relaxed from 3 pm to 7 pm. But the police have still imposed a curfew on the highway dividing the two parts of Saharanpur.

According to the Uttar Pradesh intelligence sources, local authorities have been warned about the possibility of clashes. Any person who wants to offer prayers in an area where curfew has not been lifted will be allowed to do so only at his local mosque. There will be rationing on petrol on Tuesday - 4 litre for bikes and 10 litre for cars.

People were out on the streets of Saharanpur on Monday too, after curfew was relaxed. There was relief writ large as the locals tried to stock up on essentials. Curfew was relaxed in the new city area between 10 am and 2 pm and in the old city area between 3 pm and 7 pm.

The demand from local residents was a curfew free Eid and a return of peace. "Curfew must be completely relaxed for Eid. We all should live together with peace," said a resident.

Even as law and order is finally being restored, the main accused continues to be at large, one of them being local Congress leader Moharrum Ali Pappu.

While law and order remains a strong challenge for the administration, they would also have to win the confidence or face the wrath of the angry mob. The victims say can't they have full faith in the system till such a time that the main accused isn't arrested.