New Delhi: Communal skirmishes erupted yesterday i.e. on Sunday during processions in four states – Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and West Bengal – to commemorate Ram Navami, the Hindu festival marking the birth of the Hindu god Ram.
Here are the top ten takeaways from this major story:
-Parts of Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone have been placed under curfew, according to a top official, following rioting and burning during a Ram Navami parade. A large number of police officers have been dispatched to prevent a flare-up.
-Additional Collector SS Mujalde said fights erupted after stones were reportedly hurled at a march that began in the Talab Chowk area after a dispute over loudspeaker music. “Police had to fire teargas shells to control the situation,” Mr Mujalde said.
-Many police officers were hurt, including police superintendent Siddharth Chaudhary. A shrine was vandalised and four residences were set on fire. The occurrences have been described as “unfortunate” by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who has stated that the perpetrators have been identified and that harsh punishment would be taken.
-According to media sources, communal skirmishes occurred in Anand district’s Khambhat and Sabarkantha district’s Himmatnagar. Officials added that stone pelting and arson were recorded in both locations, and that police had to use teargas shells to keep the situation under control.
-In Khambhat, Police superintendent Ajeet Rajyan said, “The body of an unidentified man, who appears to be around 65 years old, was recovered from the spot where the two groups clashed during a Ram Navami procession.”
-According to media accounts, a crowd in Himmatnagar vandalised various vehicles and establishments, forcing police to employ teargas shells to maintain order.”During the melee, some persons were hit by stones,” Sabarkantha’s police chief Vishal Vaghela said.
-Police officers have been deployed in considerable numbers in Howrah, Bengal, following reports of skirmishes during a Ram Navami procession in the Shibpur district. Police have stated that they are taking precautions to keep the peace.
-The BJP, which is in opposition, claims that the police assaulted the Ram Navami procession. Suvendu Adhikari, the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, accused police of showering blows on individuals taking part in the Ram Navami parade.
-Police in Howrah have asked citizens to exercise caution when posting anything on social media and have advised them against disseminating false information.
-In Jharkhand’s Lohardaga, there have been reports of stone-pelting and arson during Ram Navami processions. According to accounts, one individual died as a result of his injuries. Several more are said to have been hurt. To maintain the calm, a large force has been sent on the ground.