Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhadrak, Apr 11:
Denizens of violence-hit Bhadrak town in Odisha had a huge sigh of relief today as curfew was relaxed here for nine hours– initially from 7 am to 2 pm and later extended till 4 pm– facilitating them to buy essential commodities.
Besides, educational institutions, banks and government offices in the town were directed by the district Collector to remain open today.
While educational institutions were instructed to be opened from 8 am to 10 am, banks were directed to function from 8 am to 2 pm, reports said.
The curfew was the reimposed by the district administration from 4 pm to 7 am tomorrow.
Security has been kept intact in the town as 35 platoons of Odisha Police, two companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) are deployed here.
“We have ensured availability of essential commodities in the town. Eatables will be brought from other areas and made available during relaxation of curfew. It has also been ensured to check rise of prices of those items,” Home Secretary Asit Tripathy had said yesterday.
It may be recalled here that violence had erupted in Bhadrak town following posting of objectionable and offensive remarks on Lord Ram and Goddess Sita on Facebook.