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Balasore district administration has imposed curfew in the entire Municipality area for an indefinite period

Balasore:18/6/24: The Balasore district administration has imposed curfew in the entire Balasore Municipality area for an indefinite period after two groups clashed near Bhujakhia Pir and pelted stones at each other.

Keeping the intense situation in mind, the administration on Monday night imposed curfew to avert untoward incidents and bring the situation under control.

Besides, the administration has also suspended internet services in some sensitive areas as part of its measures to ward off any unpleasant situation. It has asked owners of shops, schools and other institutions to down their shutters till further order.

Meanwhile, the district administration has appealed to people not to come out of their houses and adhere to curfew rules.

Police forces have been deployed at major junctions to keep peace in the localities coming under the jurisdiction of the Balasore municipality. Also, patrolling has been intensified because of curfew.

According to sources, locals spotted the drain water flowing near the Bhujakhia Pir turning red on Monday. After the news spread like wildfire, people staged a road blockade and held up traffic on Chandipur-Balasore Main Road. However, another community opposed the demonstration.

The matter led to a group clash between people of two communities with the two sides resorting to pelting stones at each other.

On a tip-off, police reached the spot and tried to bring the situation under control.

An emergency meeting was held at 2 am at Balasore Town Police in the presence of Superintendent of Police (SP) Sagarika Nath, Member of Parliament Pratap Sarangi, Sadar MLA Manas Dutta and Balasore Collector Asish Thakre.

Following the meeting, the Balasore district administration then clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 in the area from Pir Bazar to Patrapada to prevent further violence.

Talking to the media, SP Sagarika Nath said, “As many as 34 persons have been detained in this connection. Besides, 43 platoons of police forces have been deployed at several places. Religious establishments, educational establishments and commercial establishments will remain closed. We request people to stay indoors and cooperate with police. As of now, the situation is under control. Seven FIRs have been registered in this connection.  Based on the FIRs, legal action will be taken against people instigating violence.”

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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