"Saharanpur situation is fully under control. We are keeping a close vigil," Home Minister Rajnath Singh told reporters here.

Singh's comments 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.

Singh had on Saturday spoken to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and asked him to take all possible steps to control the violence.  

With the situation improving in Saharanpur, the district authorities on Monday relaxed curfew for few hours in the new city area to allow people to buy their daily need items from markets which were directed to remain open.

Curfew was being relaxed from 10 am to 2 pm in the new city and from 3 pm to 7 pm in the old town areas, District Magistrate Sandhya Tiwari said.
    
"This is being done to allow people to pick up their items of daily need from the markets," she told reporters in Saharanpur.
    
Tiwari said that security forces have been asked to maintain a tight vigil during the curfew relaxation hours and keep a close watch on trouble-mongers to prevent any untoward incident.
    
She said that a lot of people contacted the authorities last night as certain rumours had been spread but "more than 96 percent of the incidents were not found to be true".

An uneasy calm had prevailed on Sunday in Saharanpur where 38 people were arrested as a political blame game erupted with BJP accusing Samajwadi Party of indulging in ‘vote-bank politics’ and Congress blasting the Uttar Pradesh government for ‘lapses’.
    
Curfew and shoot-at-sight orders had remained in force on Sunday in the wake of clashes between two communities over a land dispute with some indulging in arson. Three persons were killed in the violence on Saturday that also left 33 injured.

22 shops were gutted or damaged and 15 four-wheelers torched in the incidents, according to Tiwari.

 

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