Lucknow:  Authorities on Thursday lifted curfew for 10 hours in Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh and started a probe into the communal violence of last week.

A mass of Faizabad residents poured out of their homes to shop and stock up food and other essentials as the curfew was relaxed at 8 a.m. District Magistrate Deepak Agarwal also ordered an inquiry into the conspiracy angle that is believed to have sparked off the trouble in the city, which adjoins Ayodhya.

Educational institutions will be reopened, an official said. Schools and colleges in Faizabad, about 120 km from here, were closed after communal clashes broke out in the city during the immersion ceremony of Goddess Durga idols last week.

The Uttar Pradesh government has started financially compensating those whose shops or properties were vandalized or gutted. "The administration has provided Rs.42 lakh to 99 people," an official told.

The compensation is likely to be distributed by the weekend in the violence-hit villages of Bhadarsa, Shahganj and Rudauli, where the unrest spread. Four people, including a Bahujan Samaj Party leader, have been arrested for their alleged role in the violence.


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