From clash to curfew: All you need to know about violence during Ram Navami procession

Several incidents of violence were reported in North India that happened during Ram Navami procession. Curfew was clamped in most of the cities were these incidents took place.
From clash to curfew: All you need to know about violence during Ram Navami procession
A policeman at the site after a communal clash during the Ram Navami procession, in HimmatnagarPTI

Chennai: Here are some of the list of incidents:

Fact-finding panel set up in MP:

The Madhya Pradesh Congress on Monday announced the setting up of a five-member fact-finding panel in connection with the violence at Khargone a day earlier.

The panel comprises former minister and MLA Sajjna Singh Verma as chairperson, and former ministers Mukesh Nayak and Bala Bachchan, ex-MP Gajendra Singh Rajukhedi and the party's minority cell chief Sheikh Aleem as members. It will submit its report to MP Congress chief Kamal Nath, a party leader informed.

Curfew was clamped in Khargone city after stones were pelted on a Ram Navami procession on Sunday, leading to arson that gutted some vehicles and houses. Police had to fire teargas to bring the situation under control, with Collector Anugrah P stating that curfew has been clamped in entire Khargone town.

Clashes in Jharkhand:

One person died and around 12 people sustained injuries as violence broke out in Jharkhand's Lohardaga district, an official said on Monday.

Internet services have been suspended in Lohardaga town and prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC clamped on the entire district, Sub-divisional Officer (SDO) Arbind Kumar Lal stated. According to district officials, clashes erupted between members of two communities near Hirhi village around 5.30 pm on Sunday after a group of miscreants pelted a Ram Navami procession with stones. Ten bikes and a pick-up van were set on fire during the violence, the officials said.

It took district officials and the police at least an hour to bring the situation under control.

9 arrested in Gujarat:

Police have arrested nine people for their alleged involvement in violence and stone-pelting during a procession at Khambat in Gujarat's Anand district, while CrPC Section 144 has been imposed in Himmatnagar town of Sabarkantha following a similar incident there, officials said on Monday.

Gujarat Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi called a meeting of top police officials in Gandhinagar late Sunday night over these incidents and gave necessary orders, they said. One person was killed in the clashes in Khambhat town on Sunday.

Nine people allegedly involved in the violence and stone-pelting have been arrested so far, according to Anand's Superintendent of Police Ajit Rajian. "The situation in Khambhat town is under control. We have already arrested nine suspects and started further investigation," he said. As per police sources, those arrested include some local maulvis (priests).

Security tightened at JNU:

Security has been tightened at the Jawaharlal Nehru University to maintain peace and ensure no untoward incident takes place again, a day after a clash in the campus over non-vegetarian food, police said on Monday.

Two groups of students clashed at the Jawaharlal Nehru University's Kaveri Hostel on Sunday allegedly over serving of non-vegetarian food on Ram Navami in the mess, with police saying six students were injured in the violence.

According to police, the security both inside and outside the campus has been stepped up. Police personnel have been deployed only outside the campus till now while the security inside the campus is being taken care of by the university's security guards. "Our personnel have not been deployed inside the JNU campus yet because the varsity has not requested for our security yet. However, we are monitoring the situation," a senior police officer said.

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