Bhopal, Oct 10 (IANS) Curfew was imposed on Madhya Pradesh's Burhanpur town Friday following communal clashes that left dozens injured and resulted in shops and houses being torched, officials said.
'Indefinite curfew was clamped in all the five police station areas of the town following communal tension, arson and stone-pelting,' said Burhanpur Police Superintendent M.K. Katakwar.
The communal tension began Thursday night when some miscreants pelted stones at a religious procession passing through Gandhi Chowk area. The situation was, however, immediately brought under control after elders from the communities intervened.
The police imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, barring the assembly of four or more people in the town.
Traders in Gandhi Chowk area Friday downed their shutters to protest the previous night's violence. But in the afternoon, a group of people damaged shops and set some of them ablaze.
Soon, members of the two communities started pelting stones at each other, injuring more than a dozen people. Two houses were also torched in Lalbagh area even though curfew was in force, officials said.
'In Gandhi Chowk, at least eight shops were set ablaze by a mob. Curfew was imposed as firing in the air and lobbing tear gas shells failed to stop the violence,' Anil Kumar, Inspector-General of Police (Indore range), told IANS.