The administration on Tuesday relaxed the curfew for two hours in the afternoon in the Hazaribagh town. The police were kept on their toes, however, following information about a couple of incidents that turned out to be wrong.
The police also recovered some bottle bombs from Khirgaon area, where the violence had started. This followed after one of them exploded in a house injuring two persons. The police are questioning them.
According to the police, there was information about a ration shop being set afire in Rasooliganj village, close to the city late on Monday night. The police force was rushed there.
In Banadag village, there were reports of some unidentified persons throwing stones at a police patrol.
Deputy Inspector General (Hazaribagh) Upendra Prasad said: “We have to rush forces if there is any information. But, in Rasooliganj, a couple of tyres were set afire. No policeman was injured in Banadag. We have made detentions both in the rural areas adjoining the city and also within the city limits. The curfew was relaxed for two hours – from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – today. Further decision would be taken after a review.”
The police also held the peace committee meeting to ensure that the situation returned to normal soon.
On April 17, arson and stone-pelting had started during Ram Navami procession after one of them played an allegedly objectionable song near Khirgaon area in the city. More than a dozen shops and vehicles were set afire. One person also died in the violence.
Meanwhile, the police have registered a total of four FIRs in connection with the incident. One FIR each has been registered against the Rewali village samiti, which played the objectionable song, and the people who started pelting stones on them that led to violence. Another FIR has been registered for attack on the policemen in Nalla Road, when it tried to control the situation. A fourth FIR has been registered for arson and violence on Lepo Road, Gwal Toli and other adjoining areas. In some cases, the accused have been named. An FIR against unidentified persons has been registered in connection with killing of Bhairo Gop, who died during the violence.