Communal tension: Odisha’s Bhadrak burns, curfew extended
Bhadrak : Situations are not looking good in the costal district of Odisha. Curfew has been extended till 6 pm on Saturday and patrolling intensified in communal violence-hit Bhadrak town.
Security has been tightened further with deployment of 18 platoons of police force to maintain law and order in the town.
Apprehending trouble, the authorities of Bhadrak College postponed the examinations till restoration of normalcy.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in his Twitter message, appealed to the people of Bhadrak to maintain peace and harmony.
I sincerely appeal to all in Bhadrak for peace & harmony; have directed stringent action against any attempt to disrupt peace.— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) April 7, 2017
State Congress president Prasad Harichandan condemned the violence and appealed for peace and restraint.
On Friday, protests over derogatory Facebook posts on Lord Rama and goddess Sita turned violent with agitators setting police vehicles afire and damaging shops.