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Goa tense, but under control

By: UNI,   March 5, 2006

Panaji: The situation in the trouble-torn Curchorem-Sanvordem areas of south Goa, which witnessed a spree of communal violence, looting and arson for the last three days since the demolition of an illegal structure, was reported to be tense but under control, with no untoward incident having occurred since yesterday evening.

”The situation is better with no untoward incident reported since yesterday evening with intensified patrolling and precautionary measures being taken,” deputy inspector-general of police Ujjwal Mishra told UNI today.

The police, he said, suspected certain ”fundamentalist forces” from within Goa operating behind the violence to disrupt peace and tranquility in otherwise traditionally peaceful state.

He, however, refused to identify the forces and ruled out the theory of ”infiltration” of these elements from outside the state.

Prohibitory orders have strictly been enforced in the disturbed areas.

Meanwhile, the Goa government today opened a special control room at the secretariat complex in Porvorim to receive information from the general public regarding the law and order situation.

The control room would work as a liaison between the civil and police administration of Goa and the Centre, besides the general public. It would operate round-the-clock under the control of an undersecretary who will be available on mobile number 9850474114.

General public can contact the control room on telephone No. 2419769, an official release said.