Raiwala, where tension had erupted after the alleged killing of a taxi driver who was in love with a Muslim girl, is crawling back to normalcy. Muslims who had fled the Murgi Farm area fearing a backlash are returning home. "Almost 90 per cent of the Muslims who had left the Murgi Farm area of Raiwala out of fear after the murder of a taxi driver are now back.
Tension has reduced substantially over the past week and that seems to be the reason why people are returning home," Raiwala SHO Ashish Gusain told PTI. However Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which prohibits assembly of five or more people in an area, is still in force in the locality. A huge posse of security personnel, including four companies of the provincial armed constabulary, has been deployed in the area, he said. A few Muslims families in the Murgi Farm area related to the girl the taxi driver was in love with had shifted to Sikroda, about 60 km from Raiwala, fearing a backlash. Lakshman Singh Kalura (32) was found dead along the tracks near Raiwala with his feet crushed on October 4, a day after he went to the Murgi Farm area to meet the girl. The incident triggered tension in Khel Maidan, Murgi Farm and Raiwala market with a mob vandalising some shops before setting fire to them on October 6 prompting the administration to impose Section 144 in the areas.
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