**Soro (Balasore):** While clamping of Section 144 of CrPC (prohibitory order) was eased on Monday from 10 am to 2 pm and no untoward incident was reported, taking into view night disturbances for the last two days, Balasore district administration on the day imposed undeclared curfew by absolutely restricting general mobility in the town from Monday 6 pm to Tuesday 6 am.
However, relaxation has been given from 8 am to 2 pm for celebration of Id-ul-Zuha on Tuesday, but no religious procession will be allowed on the day except the customary mass prayer.
Talking to media Balasore Collector Pramod Das said, “Restriction has been imposed on the movements of public from Monday 6 pm to Tuesday 6 am. Not one would be allowed to venture out of homes. As Tuesday being Id-ul-Zuha, except namaz (mass prayer in the mosques), zulus (religious procession) will not be allowed”.
Balasore SP Niti Shekhar said, “Inter-state traffic movement and emergency services will only be allowed otherwise absolute restriction imposed on the general mobility from Monday 6 pm to Tuesday 6 am in a bid to avert ill designs of mischief-mongers”.
On being asked if is to be construed as undeclared curfew, the SP nodded.
While eight persons have been arrested, six FIRs against above 100 persons have been lodged and two special squads formed for rounding up the trouble-makers. As per news update, over 30 persons detained.
Meanwhile, Additional Director General (ADG), Law and Order, Satyajit Mohanty has stationed there. On Sunday he had told media persons after attending the peace committee meeting between the members of both the communities at Soro Police Station here on the day that everybody sought normalcy returned to Soro at the earliest.
The ADG, however, made it clear that the present police arrangement and patrolling would continue in Soro till normalcy returns.
The ADG had also on the day said that the prohibitory order (Section 144) clamped in Soro following the incident would be lifted if police felt that there would be no untoward incident further.
Prominent among others, Soro MLA Parsuram Dhada, DIG Ghanashyam Upadhyay, Balasore Collector and SP were also present at the peace committee meeting.
Notably, the unfortunate incident sparked off on Friday night following heated altercations between two communities while the Ganesh idol immersion procession was passing through the market area here that subsequently turned violent as the groups indulged in brick-batting, stone-pelting and bottle-lobbing injuring several people.