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‘Rioters won’t be spared’: MP CM warns as 77 arrested in-link to Ram Navami violence

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Bhopal: A day after violence erupted in the city of Khargone, approximately 300 kilometres from the state capital Bhopal, during a Ram Navmi parade, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan stated on Monday that “rioters will not be spared.”

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“The Kharagone incident is unfortunate. Rioters won’t be spared. Strict action will be taken. They will not only be sent to jails but also made to pay for vandalising public as well as private property. We are forming a ‘claims tribunal’,” he was quoted as saying by media.

According to state minister Narottam Mishra, 77 persons have been detained as a result of the incident. In the violence that erupted in Khargone on Sunday, more than 20 people were hurt, including seven police officers. According to accounts, some vehicles were set on fire and buildings were targeted. The district administration had then prohibited mass gatherings, advising residents to leave their houses only in the event of a medical emergency.

“Seventy-seven people have been arrested so far. Superintendent of Police (Siddharth Choudhary) was injured after he was shot with a taser… can call it bullet too. Six more police personnel were injured, they are all stable. A person not from the police has a severe head injury,” Mishra told reporters on Monday. 

According to media sources, another similar event occurred during a Ram Navami parade in Sendhwa town, Barwani district, in which a police station in-charge and five people were hurt.

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In a tweet, the district administration stated that anybody can request permission from officials for any urgent work, with the exception of medical crises. Exams scheduled for Monday at certain schools and colleges have been rescheduled.

Madhya Pradesh was one of four states where violence broke out during Ram Navami festivities on Sunday. Violence was also reported in Gujarat, Bengal, and Jharkhand.

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