Curfew was being relaxed in two stages from 7 AM to 11 AM in the old town areas and from 3 PM to 7 PM in the new city, Saharanpur District Magistrate Sandhya Tiwari said. Rajnath Singh says situation in riot-hit Saharanpur fully under control Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday claimed that the situation in riot-hit Saharanpur was fully under control and the Centre was closely monitoring the highly-sensitive area. "Saharanpur situation is fully under control. We are keeping a close vigil," Home Minister Rajnath Singh told reporters. Akhilesh promises stern action against guilty (Agencies)
Large number of people gathered at the Idgah area and other mosques in the city to offer prayers but many of them said they could not make preparations for Eid because of the law and order situation.
68 people have been arrested so far in connection with Saturday's violence, Tiwari said, adding minor incidents have been reported since Monday and the situation was improving.
Curfew had been relaxed on Monday to allow people to get their daily needs from the markets.
Tiwari said security forces were maintaining a tight vigil on trouble-mongers to prevent any violence.
Singh's comments on Monday came a day after he briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the situation in the Uttar Pradesh town.
The Home Ministry has already sent 600 paramilitary personnel to assist the state administration in maintaining law and order situation there.
Devouts offered Eid prayers in Saharanpur
Curfew relaxed in violence-hit Saharanpur
68 people have been arrested so far
Rajnath Singh said the situation was fully under control
Akhilesh Yadav promises stern action against guilty
PAC, CRPF, RAF, ITBP have been deployed in troubled areas
Clashes erupted between two communities over land dispute
22 shops were gutted, 15 four-wheelers torched in the incidents
BJP accused SP of indulging in ‘vote-bank' politics
Congress blames administrative lapse for the clashes
In Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said those behind the violent incidents in Saharanpur would not be spared and stern action would be taken against them.
During a meeting with Punjab Assembly Speaker Charanjeet Singh Atwal, Yadav said the state government was committed to provide justice and security to all residents.
When asked about the plot of land for which clashes erupted in Saharanpur, the Chief Minister said the matter is sub judice and action would be taken accordingly.
Adequate compensation would be given to those affected from the incidents, he said.
Saharanpur Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pandey said one person who had "instigated" the violence has been identified and will be caught soon.
Officials in Lucknow said the Chief Minister has sought a detailed report from the district authorities regarding the incidents in Saharanpur, which is nearly 170 km from Delhi and 560 km from Lucknow.
BJP blames ‘administrative laxity’ and ‘failure’ of law
BJP on Monday alleged that that the clashes were a result of "administrative laxity" and "failure" of law and order in the state.
"Akhilesh government, which is blaming BJP and terming Saharanpur violence as a caste clash, must clarify why it gets into denial mode after every incident," party spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak, told reporters.
Reacting to the charges levelled by Congress and BJP, Samajwadi Party, who was clearly on the back foot, said there was an effort to "disrupt peace in the state" and that there was "no place for communalism, anti-social elements".
Trouble began when members of one community started construction work at the site in Kutubsher area in the wee hours of Saturday, which was objected to by the other group.
Both the sides indulged in heavy brick-batting, arson and opened fire, police said.
Police had fired rubber bullets to control the situation as mobs went on the rampage, setting several shops afire.
Additional forces, including from PAC, CRPF, RAF and ITBP have been deployed in the troubled areas.
Five policemen and a city magistrate were among the injured. A constable was stated to be in serious condition in Chandigarh PGI after suffering a bullet injury.
Curfew was being relaxed in two stages from 7 AM to 11 AM in the old town areas and from 3 PM to 7 PM in the new city, Saharanpur District Magistrate Sandhya Tiwari said.
Rajnath Singh says situation in riot-hit Saharanpur fully under control
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday claimed that the situation in riot-hit Saharanpur was fully under control and the Centre was closely monitoring the highly-sensitive area.
"Saharanpur situation is fully under control. We are keeping a close vigil," Home Minister Rajnath Singh told reporters.
Akhilesh promises stern action against guilty