Schools, colleges open, curfew relaxed for 7 hours in Bhadrak

Bhadrak: With normalcy limping back gradually to the strife-torn town, all educational institutions, banks and government offices opened today and curfew was relaxed for seven hours as no major incident of violence has been reported for last two days.

Educational institutions have remained open from 8 am to 10am. The curfew was relaxed from 7 a.m. to 2 pm to allow people to procure essential commodities, even as security forces kept a close vigil on the situation, a senior official said.

In order to check price rise, Food and Civil Supplies officials have been asked to keep a close watch on the market trends and take strict action against hoarders.

Soon after the relaxation of curfew was announced through public address systems, people hurried to purchase milk, bread and vegetables which were available at a few shops.

Deployment of security personnel was strengthened at vulnerable pockets and frequency in patrolling has been increased.

There was report of a stray incident that occurred at Bonth square in the town during curfew relaxation hours yesterday, but it was promptly handled by security personnel, a police official said.

On the other hand, the Crime Branch team, which is currently at the violence-hit town to probe into the rumours and spread of offensive remarks against Hindu deities in Social media that had triggered the violence, is  seeking information from people to track miscreants spreading hate messages on social media.