Jamshedpur, July 24: Friday prayers were offered amid tight security in different areas of Jamshedpur after curfew was eased in different parts of the city and Mango.
Police sources said a comprehensive security plan was put in place to maintain law and order in the city during the ongoing curfew. Hundreds of police commandoes, paramilitary forces were deployed at mosques in different areas.
Sub-divisional Officer (Dalbhum), Alok Kumar and SSP Anoop T Mathew reviewed the security plan a couple of days ago after the curfew was imposed in Jamshedpur following communal clashes in Mango ordered deployment of police commandoes around mosques. Friday prayers of a community passed off peacefully at all the 65 mosques in the city.
No reports of untoward incidents was reported from anywhere at the mosques spread across city. Paramilitary forces were deployed all over the city with special presence near the mosques. People from Muslim community prayed for peace and serenity and hoped that the situation gets back to normal as early as possible.
“We already prayed individually last week. But this time, it was the entire Muslim community that rallied to speak with one voice,” said Md. Eqbal, resident of Azadnagar in Mango.
Intekhab Alam, a resident of Ramdas Bhatta in Bistupur said, “Religion should not divide humans and one should maintain peace in the city which is known all over the world because of Tatas core values”.
Seeing no incidence if violence, district administration on Friday announced two hours of extension till 6 pm in relaxation of prohibitory orders in Mango which was earlier till 4pm.
This strategic curfew recess enabled the administration to give lunch break to the deployed forces. They were delivered lunch & water supplies at the Mango chowk.
People from all walks of life came out for shopping and it being a Friday, Muslims in Mango were seen crowding all over the shops to have their bit.
“We hope peace prevails in Jamshedpur and people should distance themselves from rumors”, said Rahul Singh, shopping at a grocery store in Dimna Road.
Still market crawled upwards in the locality. It is expected that the curfew will gradually be lifted off with increasing relaxation time & schools will remain closed for the weekend.