Agra peaceful, curfew continues

Agra peaceful, curfew continues
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First Published: Thu, Aug 30 2007. 10 44 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Aug 30 2007. 10 44 AM IST
Reuters
Lucknow: Parts of Agra remain under curfew as a precaution, a day after Muslim residents burned trucks and rioted.
The Taj Mahal was briefly closed on 29 August after Muslim residents of the city battled police and rioted to protest against the deaths of four community members hit by a truck. But on 30 August, the monument was open for visitors.
There was a slight heaviness in the city, on account of a person being killed by a stray police bullet and nine being seriously injured in the violence sparked by the deaths of the four men returning from an annual religious event when Muslims pray for the dead.
“We have decided to continue the curfew in six police station areas even though the situation is well under control,” said Brij Lal, a top state police officer. “The Taj Mahal would, however, remain open.”
The decision to allow tourists to the mausoleum of Mughal queen Mumtaz Mahal was taken late yesterday to help a large number of visitors who were already in the northern Indian city before the rioting began, he said.
The local administration would review the situation later today and consider lifting curfew in some areas, another top state official said, adding that 30 people had been arrested in connection with the rioting.
The city of the Taj Mahal attracts more than 20,000 visitors a day.
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First Published: Thu, Aug 30 2007. 10 44 AM IST
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