Two BJP Workers Among Those Arrested For Communal Clashes In Bihar
Among the 50 people detained on Thursday for communal clashes in Bihar in the last few days, two Bharatiya Janata Party’s leaders were also present, reported PTI.
Superintendent of Police Deepak Ranjan said that 11 people were arrested in Samastipur for the communal clashes that occurred during the Durga immersion procession in Rosera town on Tuesday. BJP leaders Dinesh Jha and Mohan Patwa were among those detained on the basis of video footage of the incident, IANS reported.
In Rosera town, two communities were said to have thrown stones at each other in front of a mosque. Two police officers were also injured in the clash. Later, police got the situation under control.
In Nalanda district, 36 people were detained a day after the two communities again clashed during a Durga immersion procession. The police have charged 74 people in relation to the case.
Communal clashes have erupted in several districts like Bhagalpur and Aurangabad since Ram Navami last Sunday. 150 people have been arrested in Aurangabad for the clashes. Almost half a dozen people were injured during the clash and 35 shops were gutted, reported The Indian Express.
In Bhagalpur, clashes broke out on March 17 after workers from the BJP, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bajrang Dal took out an unauthorised procession led by Union Minister Ashwini Choubey’s son Arijit Shashwat to mark ‘Vikram Samvat’ – a Hindu new year, reported Newsclick.
The route that they followed were Muslim dominated areas. The violence occurred between members of the two communities over playing loud music and raising provocative slogans.
Meanwhile, jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday accused the BJP of promoting violence in Bihar, ANI reported. “There are riots and incidents of violence all over Bihar,” Yadav said after arriving in Delhi for treatment. “After locking me up, BJP has set the whole state ablaze. [Chief Minister] Nitish Kumar is finished now.”
Nitish Kumar is now finished. There are riots & incidents of violence all over Bihar. BJP has set the whole state ablaze: Lalu Prasad Yadav after being brought to #Delhi for treatment at AIIMS pic.twitter.com/G1aPtoGEg3
— ANI (@ANI) March 29, 2018