KENDRAPARA: Normalcy returned to Pattamundai town on Thursday, four days after communal tension broke out in the area during immersion of Lord Ganesh and Khudurukuni idols. All the shops in the town were reopened but prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC have not been vacated yet.
Prohibitory orders were clamped in Pattamundai town on Tuesday after a group of people tried to organise a ‘Kalash’ yatra without obtaining permission from the local administration.
Trouble started on Monday evening when some people belonging to minority community opposed playing of loud music during the Lord Ganesh and Khudurukuni immersion processions near a mosque in Pattamundai. They said the instruments, music and dance were creating ‘disturbance’ in the area and insisted that the procession be diverted.
Around 1,200 locals, including many women, gheraoed the police station in Pattamundai demanding action against the persons who prevented them from using loudspeakers in front of a mosque. They also blocked Pattamundai-Rajnagar road at Pattamundai by burning tyres as a result of which, vehicular traffic was affected for four hours. Officers of the district administration rushed to the spot and intervened. Later, police personnel were engaged to conduct the immersion.
“Situation is getting back to normal now and we are in the process of revoking the prohibitory orders soon. The district administration has formed a peace committee to maintain communal harmony in the area,” said Collector Debendra Kumar Das.