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The Indian Herald

September 8, 2011

Tension after communal riot in Adoni town in Kurnool

Curfew continues in Adoni town in Kurnool that had witnessed a communal clash which began over a petty dispute between two groups early this week.

But the violence forced administration to impose curfew. After reports of fresh clashes, senior officials have decided to continue the prohibitory orders until the situation returns to normalcy.

Adoni is located in Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh (AP). During the procession to take out idols and tableaux of Lord Ganesha for immersion, two groups had an argument.

The music played in front of a religious place angered the other group. The incident had occurred on Monday. The situation took a serious turn as both sides engaged in stone pelting and clashed openly. The police fired in the air and used force to bring the situation under control.

Nearly a dozen persons were injured, two of them critically, in the violence. After a fresh round of violence that was reported on Tuesday, more police companies are being rushed. Officers say that the situation is tense but now under control. The indefinite curfew would continue in the city, they said.

Adoni, a historic city, that has a population of nearly 3 lakh is known as Cotton town and is around 300 km from Hyderabad. Adoni has a strong Muslim population but witnessed no communal riot since 1970s when clashes last occurred here. It is situated in Karnool district.

TIH Bureau

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