New Delhi: The Centre on Saturday rushed 2,000 paramilitary personnel to Odisha to assist the local administration in maintaining law and order in Bhadrak district where officials extended curfew tille 08:00 am Sunday after the town witnessed violence and tension in last few days.
"Central forces rushed to Bhadrak district of Odisha in view of the prevailing tension there," a Home Ministry spokesperson said.
Official sources said 20 companies of paramilitary personnel were dispatched to Odisha to help restore normalcy in the district. A company of paramilitary force comprises of around 100 personnel, according to PTI.
Taking a swift action Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik transferred District Collector L.N. Mishra from the district. He also appealed for peace and harmony
Curfew remained in force in the town while prohibitory orders were imposed in nearby Dhamnagar and Basudevpur this morning after the town witnessed violence over alleged abusive remarks on social media against Hindu deities.
Police officials said 35 persons from both Hindu and Muslim communities have been arrested in connection with the violent incidents which left several shops gutted and vehicles damaged. The unruly mob also ransacked police vehicles near Navabazar area of the town.
Violence had erupted in Bhadrak on Thursday after a group staged demonstration near the town police station demanding immediate arrest of those involved in posting offensive remarks against Hindu deities on social media.