Bhubaneswar: Bhadrak has been witnessing communal violence over a derogatory Facebook post since Friday. Fresh tensions erupted on Monday when two shops were set ablaze. Hence the curfew, which was temporarily lifted, has been extended till 7 am on Tuesday.
Undeterred by the deployment of huge police forces, miscreants set ablaze two shops at Bonth Chowk in the small town. The incident occurred two hours after the administration relaxed curfew for a brief period. “We immediately rushed fire tenders to the spot and doused the fire. Two persons have been detained for fomenting violence, ” said a police officer.
In view of fresh tension, the administration reimposed curfew. The curfew was temporarily lifted for few hours to allow residents to procure essential commodities.
Meanwhile, a seven-member cyber police team of the state crime branch reached Bhadrak to probe circulation of hate message and rumours on social media, said special DG (Crime) B K Sharma. On Sunday, the state government restricted access to social media by blocking internet services in Bhadrak for 48 hours.
The district headquarters town of Bhadrak, about 114 km from Bhubaneswar, simmered in communal flare on Thursday and Friday following offensive posting of remarks on Hindu deities on Facebook.