As the situation is returning to normal, authorities have decided to relax curfew for nine hours today from 7am to 4pm to provide relief to the people of the town, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Vizag region) P Umapathi said.

The curfew was clamped in Vizianagaram town on Saturday night in the wake of large-scale violence by anti-bifurcation agitators following the Union Cabinet's decision to create a separate Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh.

The situation was totally under control and no fresh violence was reported since last five days in Vizianagaram town, the DIG said. In all, more than 300 people suspected to be involved in violent incidents have been taken into custody, police said.

Police and paramilitary personnel, including members of the Rapid Action Force, continue to patrol the trouble torn city.

Vizianagaram District Collector Kantilal Dande also said that in view of the present peaceful situation, the curfew will be relaxed for nine hours on Friday.

However, section 144 of CrPc will continue to be in force during the relaxation period. Based on the situation and after a review meeting with with concerned officials, curfew may be lifted completely in the town from tomorrow, Dande said.

(Agencies)

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