CURFEW WAS imposed in Biaora town in Rajgarh district after clash between two groups involving stone pelting, damage to vehicles and arson on Wednesday. Minor communal violence was also reported from a town in Guna district Wednesday. The situation in trouble-torn Indore and Jabalpur however returned to normal.
The trouble began in the afternoon when the Muharram procession had ended and the people were returning after immersing the tazias. The rumours spread that the posters of the Hindu Sammelan, held recently in Biaora, had been torn up.
The Bajrang Dal activists came out on the streets and both the groups had a confrontation. Stones were hurled from both sides and several vehicles were damaged. Some shops were ransacked and a couple of them reportedly set ablaze in the violence. Some persons received minor injuries. The police used tear gas to disperse the mob.
IG (Law and Order) A K Soni said that the additional police force including Special Task Force (STF) and Special Armed Force (SAF) has been sent from Bhopal and the situation is now under control. He said that the Commissioner and the Range IG have reached the town.
Talking to Hindustan Times later in the night, Range IG Sanjeev Kumar Singh said that a police personnel was injured in the stone pelting. The curfew was beings strictly enforced and troublemakers were rounded up, he added. Meanwhile, the situation remained tense in the entire town.
Members of both communities pelted stones and attacked each other with sticks, before police reached the spot in strength to bring the situation under control. Teargas shells were lobbed at a crowd trying to ransack shops on Biaora-Rajgarh road, Sub-Divisional Police Officer Alok Kumar Singh said. When violence continued despite the use of teargas and mild force by police, District Collector J P Tiwari clamped curfew in the town.
In Guna, a youth was injured when some persons pelted stones at him during a tazia procession in Kumbhraj tehsil, 50 km from Guna, this afternoon. Police have arrested three persons including a constable, who was dismissed from service.
Guna Superintendent of Police Yogesh Chowdhary said a Tazia procession was on its way to Karbala in Kumbhraj town when a tribal Kanhaiya and few others pelted stones at Ramzani (18) and abused him.
Police personnel soon reached the spot and arrested Kanhaiya and two others Pappu and Rambharose. Kanhaiya, a police constable, was dismissed from service, police said.
On Ramzani’s complaint, police registered a case against Kanhaiya and others under Sections 341, 336,323 and 294 of IPC.
SDOP Awadhesh Pratap Singh said the situation in Kumbhraj was under control. Meanwhile, the situation in trouble-torn Jabalpur and Indore towns of Madhya Pradesh today returned to normal.
News reaching here said the district administration in Jabalpur today completely lifted the curfew and prohibitory orders as the situation there returned to normal. In Indore also, the section 144 that had been imposed after Tuesday night’s violence at Karbala and some other localities, was lifted today.