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Sixth day of curfew in Mau
October 19, 2005 14:49 IST
An uneasy calm prevailed in this curfew-bound town with securitymen patrolling the streets and lanes to keep a tight grip on the situation, even as no untoward incident was reported from any part of the district.
As curfew remained in force for the sixth day in succession, authorities distributed water, milk, medicines and other essential commodities in the seven most sensitive localities, official sources said, describing the situation as 'under control'.
The crackdown on anti-social elements continued with police raids, administration officials said, adding that over 500 people had been arrested in this connection so far.
Observing that the situation was not yet conducive for relaxing curfew, District Magistrate Mukesh Mishra said, "Curfew was not likely to be relaxed until the action against anti-social elements under the Goonda and Ganster Act was completed and their arms licences revoked."
Train services through and from Mau remained suspended, the sources said, adding that no decision had been taken yet on resumption of the services.
Nine persons were killed and about 40 people injured in communal violence that reupted in the town on October 13 over Dussehra celebrations.
Sources said the situation in the neighbouring districts of Ballia, Ghazipur, Deoria and Azamgarh was also peaceful and no untoward incident had been reported from there.