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Curfew lifted in Kolkata


Authorities lifted a curfew on Thursday in India's riot-hit eastern capital Kolkata a day after thousands hurled rocks and damaged vehicles to protest violence by state government supporters.

Army were called out and a night curfew imposed on four areas of the eastern city Kolkata after protestors torched about 40 buses and exploded a few homemade bombs on Wednesday. There were reports of violence on Thursday.

Although the curfew has been lifted, the army will continue to patrol in the sensitive area of the troubled zone. The official said anti-riot troops, policemen in plain clothes and more than 200 soldiers were deployed to maintain order.

The protests were held against Taslima Nasreen , a Bangladeshi author who is now living in India and who has angered several Muslims by her alleged comments against the Muslims.

Buddhadev Bhattacharjee , the Chief Minister of the Indian state of West Bengal asked Taslima to leave Kolkata . This statement by the Chief Minister was severely criticized by other political leaders who belong to his coalition partners.

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