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Agra calms down, but curfew continues
Sharat Pradhan in Lucknow | August 30, 2007 12:52 IST
Communal violence had rocked Agra on Wednesday, after the death of four Muslims under a speeding truck during Sharb-e-Barat prompted locals to go on a day-long rampage.
The mob set fire to at least 20 vehicles and one person was killed in police firing. Over 50 people were injured in the ensuing violence
However, curfew was lifted from certain areas on Thursday morning and Taj Mahal was opened up for visitors.
The State government on Thursday transferred Superintendent of Police Rahul Yaduvendu and suspended 13 policemen, holding them responsible for the violence.
The action was initiated after state Home Secretary Mahesh Gupta and Director General of Police Vikram Singh submitted their report about the incident to the govenment.
Those suspended included an inspector, a traffic inspector, a traffic sub-inspector, five constables and five traffic head constables.
"Even as the situation is well under control, we have decided to continue the curfew that was imposed in certain localities," said Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order).
Though most of the injured victims were discharged after receiving first-aid, nine persons are reportedly in a serious condition. These include four firemen, two policmen and three protestors.
With inputs from PTI