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Curfew continues in Mau

The day curfew has been lifted in the city where riot broke out in the densely populated areas on the occasion of Durga Puja on 8 October. But the city is still tense and there are no signs that the curfew will be fully lifted soon. 

The curfew was withdrawn from the areas dominated by the majority community even after a few days when the violence erupted in the city. But the areas dominated by the minority community had to undergo severe hardship over the continuance of curfew without any interval. 

The violence erupted in the city when a bomb was thrown on a procession on its way to immerse Durga idol in the Hadipur area of the city. A youth was killed in incidents of stabbing and rioting that followed. Sentiments ran high and accusations and counter accusations were made by the two communities. The procession that was going to immerse the Durga idol went on rampage in the predominantly Muslim area of Hadipur and torched a junkyard. The agitators also ransacked Ashshifa hospital in the same area, broke doors, smashed window-panes and destroyed expensive equipment. 

Curfew was clamped down immediately on the city to check the situation. The indefinite curfew that continued for several days made people undergo serious hardship. Though the day curfew has been waived but during the night it is still continuing. For days curfew was not lifted even for a single hour. People were also not provided with any immediate help and so they had to live without essentials. 

As reports start pouring in it is clear that it were only Muslim areas where day-night curfew continued and no relaxation was given to people to get essentials. Children and patients were worst sufferers as neither medicines nor milk was available to them. The sources in the city say that in areas belonging to the majority community there was no sign of curfew as it had been waived fully after a few days of the riot, but Muslim areas were not allowed any breather. The continued curfew was a traumatic experience for the common people who were made to suffer without any fault of their own.

The economic fallout of this continuing curfew is very dreadful on the trader community and particularly on weavers. The city is famous for its looms and power-looms and cloths woven here are supplied all over the country. This continuing curfew is hampering the movement of labors and supply of thread and textile materials. The traders had to incur losses in millions of rupees. It is not true to say that it has affected Muslim traders alone. The continuing curfew has proved a blow to every community. 

People have accused that the administration is deliberately prolonging the curfew without any reason. Prominent people of both the communities have met the administration on the issue and tried to convince it to waive the curfew fully. The people who have been making efforts in this respect include Ameer Hasan Garhast, Anwarul-Haq, Abdul Azeem, Molvi Safiullah, Molvi Yahya, Owais Tarafdar, Uma Shankar Omar, Dr Ram Gopal. These people are making consistent efforts to convince the administration to waive the curfew fully.

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