Jaipur: Life returned to normalcy in Malpura town of Tonk district, where curfew was imposed, after six days of tension that erupted due to stone-pelting incident during Vijayadashami procession on October 8. Schools and colleges that were closed since a week re-opened on Tuesday and movement of roadways buses resumed smoothly. The district administration on Tuesday relaxed the curfew by 12 hours. No untoward incident was reported but as a precaution, heavy police force is still deployed in the town.
It is worth mentioning that after the tension due to stone-pelting during Vijayadashami’s procession, villagers refused to burn the effigy of Ravan demanding arrest of the accused and sat on a dharna.
After much persuasion, when the villagers did not agree to burn the effigy of Ravan, the police forcefully dispersed the protesters at around 2.30 pm and burnt the effigy at 4 am on Wednesday.
The administration then shut down the internet and imposed a curfew which was relaxed by ten hours on Monday. On Tuesday, the relaxation period was extended by two more hours as conditions became normal.
The curfew was relaxed from 6 am to 6 pm on Tuesday and a week later, schools, colleges and banks were also open and daily life resumed in town.
Roadways and private buses started operating. The district administration is now planning to revoke the day curfew from the town. However, the attendance of students in schools was less. On the other hand, people felt relieved by the commissioning of roadways buses.