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Curfew relaxed in Navi Mumbai till 9 pm
Mumbai, Mar 20 (PTI) Curfew was relaxed for almost throughout the day at Navi Mumbai's Koparkhairane locality today as no fresh incident of violence was reported from the trouble-torn areas of this satellite township, police said.

"Curfew was relaxed from 6 am to 9 pm in Koparkhairane as no fresh incident of violence was reported in the past 48 hours," a senior police official said.

Students appearing at the SSC exams have been offered special buses by the government to reach examination centres, sources said.

"Adequate police force has also been deployed at examination centres in the city," Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Vijay Kamble said.

Kamble said that although curfew was relaxed during the day, it will come into effect in the night in Koparkhairane and Ghansoli villages.

"Till Saturday, 250 persons were arrested and half of them are detained as a preventive measure as the examinations of the SSC Board are on," Kamble added.

DCP Amar Jadhav, who was seriously injured in the stone pelting by rioting crowd, has joined duty yesterday, he said.

The state government is likely to convene another round of meeting to sort out problems amongst the two communities, sources said.

Trouble started in Navi Mumbai following the alleged molestation of a girl from Ghansoli village by `Mathadi' workers (porters) on the day of Holi festival, following which the villagers clashed with the workers, killing one person and two more in the police firing that followed the riots.

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