PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Visakhapatnam, 13 October
In view of the peaceful situation in trouble-hit Vizianagaram town, authorities today relaxed curfew for 14 hours for the convenience of people.
With no fresh violence during the last five to six days, it has been decided to relax the curfew for 14 hours today from 6 a m to 8 p m, Vizianagaram district collector Kantilal Dande said.
Curfew was clamped in Vizianagaram town on 5 October night in the wake of large-scale violence by anti-bifurcation agitators, following the Union Cabinet’s approval to create a separate Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh. In view of the present peaceful situation, the curfew may be totally lifted from tomorrow, Dande said, adding that it will be decided after a review meeting with concerned officials this evening.
District Superintendent of Police Kartikeya said though the curfew has been lifted for 14 hours today, Section 144 of CrPc will continue to be in force during the relaxation period.
He said around 500 people involved in violent activities were taken into custody. Police sources said everything was under control.