Friday, July 26, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Curfew in Ranchi, people fear backlash

Ranchi, July 25
Curfew was clamped on three police station areas of the city today even as other areas remained paralysed apprehending a possible backlash to yesterday’s bandh called by pro-domicile organisations which left five dead and 25 injured.

Curfew was clamped on the Doranda, Hatia and Jagannathpur police station areas for 24 hours since 5 a.m.

According to official sources here, the situation was tense but under control in the three police station areas which had witnessed a series of violent incidents yesterday, claiming five lives and injuring 25 during the dawn-to-dusk bandh called by pro-domicile organisations.

Meanwhile, the anti-domicile force has given a fresh call for another Jharkhand bandh tomorrow to counter yesterday’s bandh.

The remaining parts of the city witnessed almost a bandh-like situation with shops and major business establishments remaining closed and very few vehicles on the road.

Meanwhile, reports from Hatia and Jagannathpur said possibilities of fresh clashes could not be ruled out as activists of the pro and the anti-domicile organisations started reassembling in the Adarsh Nagar and Tiril areas. The two rival forces fought a pitched battle in these areas yesterday.

The pro-domicile activists were planning to lead a procession along with the bodies of those killed in yesterday’s clashes on the main streets.

The activists were also meeting this afternoon to review the situation and chalk out a fresh action plan to ensure early notification of the state’s domicile policy. UNI

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