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UP's Lakhimpur Under Curfew After Communal Clashes Over 'Objectionable Video'

Two students have been arrested.

03/03/2017 12:23 PM IST | Updated 03/03/2017 12:24 PM IST
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Curfew has been imposed in the Lakhimpur city of Uttar Pradesh after communal clashes over an objectionable video that was allegedly circulated by two students.

The curfew was imposed on Thursday night. Tension had gripped the city after the video, which allegedly hurt religious sentiments, went viral on social media.

The city police arrested the students who had allegedly circulated the video.

However, protests began last evening and the markets were also closed. There were reports of clashes and firing following which the district magistrate announced the imposition of a curfew till further orders.

"To maintain peace and law and order, curfew restrictions in the city area have been imposed and people have been asked to stay home," District Magistrate (Kheri) Akashdeep told reporters today.

Stressing that the situation was under control, he asked people to avoid spreading rumours.

The district magistrate and Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Jha visited the city and asked people to keep calm.

Akashdeep said a person has been reported to have been injured in a clash, however, he is reported to be out of danger.

Meanwhile, heavy police force have been deployed in the city. The IG and the DIG arrived at Kheri late last night and reviewed the situation.

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