Para-military forces and Jharkhand police on Tuesday held a series of flag marches in different parts of Hazaribag district headquarters, 95 km north from the state capital, following communal tension over the alleged burning of a religious book at a government-run school.
Deputy Commissioner, Hazaribag, Vinay Kumar Choubey told Hindustan Times over phone that though tension running high in some pockets of the district headquarters, situation was under control of the administration.
He said, the para-military forces and the state police were asked to hold flag marches to instill confidence among public in view of the flying rumours related communal disturbances.
Choubey said, security and polling personnel deployed at the Lakshmi Muslim Girls High School in Hazaribag for polling duty on December 7 night, had lighted a few candles during power cut and had put it on a wooden box of the school. Some books and papers were kept in the wooden box.
When the polling personnel went to sleep in the night they forgot to put off the candles due to which a portion of the wooden box got burnt accidentally after catching fire from the candle, the DC told HT.
In the next morning on December 8, the polling personnel found that a portion of the holy book was burnt. They informed the school principal and management to report the matter to the authorities.
But the school authorities instead of taking any action neither informed the authorities nor removed the burnt book to some safer place for avoiding trouble, the DC added.
As school re-opened on Tuesday, some students saw the burnt holy book. Consequently, they informed their parents who in turn reached the school and began protest over the burning of holy book.