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Curfew in Rangamati as clash erupts

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A Correspondent Rangamati: Local administration has imposed curfew in the district town until 8am on Monday following a clash between Bengalee settlers and indigenous people defying the Section 144. At least 20 people were injured as both the groups locked into the clash on Sunday evening. The clash ensued when the indigenous people swooped on the Bengalee traders in Banarupa Bazar area in the evening. The clash later spilled over into other areas of the town, including College Gate, Amanatbagh, Bijoy Sarani, Tablichari, Kathaltali and Vedivedi. During the melee, miscreants fired bullets and hurled brickbats at locals and law enforcers. Four shops were also torched and some others looted during the clash. Later, police opened gunshots and lobbed teargas shells to bring the situation under control. Finally, the administration imposed a nighttime curfew in the town until 8am on Monday. Earlier on Saturday, the local administration imposed Section 144 in the district town for an indefinite period prohibiting mass gathering following a clash between Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP) and ruling party activists at Hapiar Mor in the district town.