There have been incidents of stone throwing, arson and violence in different states of the country on the occasion of Ram Nabami. Communal tensions spread to isolated areas of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Goa, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Bihar, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh. Two were killed and at least 36 were injured in what became known as the Cold War.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Giriraj Singh has reacted to the violence in Khargone in Madhya Pradesh. He said the repeated throwing of stones at Ram Nabami or any procession was not a coincidence but an experiment. “I have repeatedly said that the growing Muslim population is not a threat to the country, but a radical ideology,” he said.
Repeatedly throwing stones at Ram Navami or any procession is not a coincidence, it is an experiment. I have repeatedly said that the growing Muslim population is not a threat, but extremist thinking is a threat to the country: Union Minister Giriraj Singh in the Khargone case pic.twitter.com/jFWOb3H0gu
– ANI (ANI) April 12, 2022
Lohardaga in Jharkhand and Anand in Gujarat died one by one due to violence during the Ram Navami celebrations. At the same time, curfew was imposed in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh after stone-throwing and arson, and police arrested more than 80 people there. Officials in various states said the situation was under control in the violence-hit areas and the administration in Madhya Pradesh had launched a crackdown on “illegal” structures of miscreants throwing stones at the Ram Navami procession in Khargone.
Khargone Superintendent of Police (SP) Siddharth Chowdhury was shot dead and at least 24 people, including six policemen, were injured, officials said. On Sunday, Ram Navami was throwing stones in the procession and after the arson of some homes and vehicles, police had to leave the shell of tear gas.
On Monday, the Khargone administration began demolishing at least 50 “illegally built” structures for allegedly throwing stones at the Ram Nabami procession. Indore Divisional Commissioner Pawan Sharma told reporters in Khargone, “The government has a zero tolerance policy for riots. So far, 64 people have been arrested and 50 illegal constructions have been identified among the accused. Eviction of these illegal installations has started. The illegal establishments that are being evicted include houses and shops.
Police have arrested nine people for their involvement in violence and stone-throwing during the Ram Navami procession in Khamba, Gujarat, following a similar incident in the Himmatnagar town of Sabarkantha under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CRPC). A similar incident of throwing stones during the Ram Nabami procession was reported in the town of Sendhwa in Madhya Pradesh’s Barwani district, where a police station in-charge and five others were injured. Officials said the situation was brought under control after the incident.
A curfew has been imposed in the entire Khargone town since the incident on Sunday evening, according to an order issued by the office of Madhya Pradesh Khargone District Magistrate Anugraha P. When the procession of Ram Nabami started from Talab Chowk area of Khargone on Sunday, stones were hurled at the procession. Police had to use tear gas shells to control the situation.
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