Jamshedpur is burning: Jamshedpur’s Shastri Nagar in Jharkhand witnessed stone pelting and arson between Hindu and Muslim groups after an incident of alleged meat tagging on a Hindu flag came to light. After this, there is an atmosphere of tension in the city. Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in the area and the internet has been suspended.
There was an atmosphere of tension in this area since Saturday, some anti-social element tied a piece of meat in polythene to the bamboo of the religious flag installed there late Saturday evening near Kadma Shastri Nagar Block No. 3 Chowk of the city.
Hindu organizations were angry due to no immediate action from the administration and were protesting at the square.
Seeing the atmosphere heating up between the two groups, a heavy police force was deployed.
The atmosphere worsened further on Sunday and by evening many shops were set on fire and bricks and stones were pelted by both groups. An auto rickshaw was also set on fire. Police used tear gas to control the situation. 6 people have been injured in this riot.
According to Jamshedpur SSP Prabhat Kumar, the force has also been called from outside to make the atmosphere normal in the area. An RAF company is stationed in the area. Some people have been detained.
50 people arrested
More than 50 people have been arrested in connection with the violence following the alleged desecration of a religious flag in Jharkhand’s Jamshedpur, police said on Monday.
The protests involved chanting the Hanuman Chalisa while demonstrating at the said venue. Aarti was also performed by a large number of devotees after the recitation.
There was also a demand to change the name of the place where the accusation of flag desecration was made as Bajrang Chowk. Along with this, the administration is expected to install CCTV cameras in sensitive areas.
An appeal has been made to the administration to remove the shops that sell meat from the Chowk. The administration was also given a 24-hour ultimatum to arrest the accused.
Locals also complained about the interruption of Internet services, but there was no official word on the matter.
Ramnavanmi becoming a day of riots
Ram Navami is a significant religious festival in the Hindu community, celebrated on the birth anniversary of Lord Rama, who is considered one of the most revered deities in Hinduism.
On this day, Hindus celebrate by visiting temples, offering prayers, and performing puja (worship). It is also a tradition to distribute food to the needy, organize processions, and recite the Ramayana.
Several incidents of communal clashes were reported in different parts of the country during the celebration of Ram Navami, which took place on 28 March.
Howrah, West Bengal
In West Bengal’s Howrah district during a Ram Navami rally in the Sankrail area. Members of the Swami Vivekananda Seva Sangh were seen carrying swords and hockey sticks during the rally, which led to confrontations with police.
The situation worsened, resulting in the torching of several vehicles. To prevent further unrest, a heavy police force was deployed to the area.
At least 12 people were injured in Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar (earlier known as Aurangabad), Maharashtra, including 10 police personnel, when a group of around 500 people threw stones and petrol-filled bottles at the police.
Similar incidents were reported from Jalgaon, Mathura, Vadodra, and various parts of the country.
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