Thodupuzha still under ban orders
Published: 28th March 2010 04:00 AM |
THODUPUZHA: Police teams continued to camp at various places in Thodupuzha on Saturday even as the district administration imposed Section 144 for the second day to prevent any untoward incident.
The town had witnessed certain unruly scenes on Friday when people belonging to various Muslim organisations took to the streets in large numbers to protest against a question paper distributed at Newman’s College here for an internal examination, the contents of which were said to have hurt the religious sentiments of the community.
On Saturday, leaders of various Muslim organisations visited the town and held discussion with members of the community to ensure a peaceful atmosphere.
Idukki District Collector Ashok Kumar Singh told Express that the situation was returning to normal and no untoward incidents were reported in the past 24 hours.
“Though the situation has been brought under control, we do not want to take chances.
Police officials have been directed to intensify night patrolling and ensure adequate security at places of worship,” he said. Vehicular traffic has returned to normal, with private and KSRTC buses resuming operations in the town.
“We will take stock of the developments on Sunday before taking a decision on whether to continue the prohibitory orders in the town,” he said.
On Friday, the police had to resort to lathicharge at various places to disperse the agitating mob that pelted stones at shops and forcibly closed some of the shops.
Meanwhile, an all-party meeting called by the District Collector discussed the measures to be adopted to bring the situation under control in the town.
The meeting also decided to recommend action against the teacher who is responsible for incorporating the question that reportedly hurt the religious sentiments of the community.