Curfew in Khargone on Eid as town struggles to move on

ven as local politicians of both ruling BJP and opposition Congress said normalcy is returning to the town slowly, the district administration of Khargone in Madhya Pradesh, unwilling to take any chances weeks after the town saw communal violence, has decided against any relaxation to curfew on the occasion of Eid on Tuesday. Various parts of Khargone have been under curfew since April 10, when communal violence broke out during Ram Navami procession. Several houses were set on fire and more than two dozen people, including Superintendent of Police Siddharth Choudhary, were injured in the clashes. So far, the administration has been relaxing the curfew for a few hours each day, depending on the situation. “There will be no relaxation of any kind in Khargone city on Tuesday…. Eid prayers will be done at home,” the district administration said in a statement on Monday. The decision has been taken with the consent of people from all communities, the administration stated. Khargone district collector Anugraha P told The Indian Express that curfew is being relaxed from 8 am to 5 pm or 10 am to 5 pm every day to enable people to buy essentials and carry out other work. “We have distributed relief amount of about Rs 1 crore to people who were injured and their properties burnt during the violence. Without any discrimination, the relief money has been distributed to 122 affected people from Hindu and Muslim communities.”