Bokaro, Hazaribagh peaceful, a day after communal clashes on Ram Navmi

  • Sanjay Sahay & Shailesh Sharma, Bokaro, Hazaribagh
  • Updated: Apr 17, 2016 17:39 IST
Police personnel patrol affected localities in Bokaro a day after communal clashes on Saturday. (HT Photo)

Bokaro city and Pandu village in Hazaribagh on Saturday remained peaceful with things returning to normalcy a day after clashes between two communities during the Ram Navmi festival.

Bokaro administration said curfew under four police stations would be relaxed from 5 am to 11 am on Sunday.

The administration deputed around 600 police personnel from the district police, JAP and the Jharkhand Jaguar to ensure peace in the area.

There were violent clashes between members of two communities in Siwandih suburb of Bokaro steel city when a Ram Navami procession was stopped and pelted with stones.

The mob also burnt several vehicles of the administration.

The administration imposed curfew in Maraphari, Sector 12, city centre and the Balidih police station areas.

“The situation in Bokaro and Hazaribag is peaceful. The local administration would assess the situation in Bokaro and decide to lift the curfew,” said DIG Upendra Prasad.

“We reviewed the situation and found that normalcy has returned to the area. The administration would relax the curfew from 5am to 11am on Sunday. Police have arrested 25 persons from both the communities for stone pelting and arson,” said Bokaro deputy commissioner Rai Mahimapat Ray.

Senior police officials including DIG, DC and SP YS Ramesh conducted a flag march in Siwandih on Saturday.

The situation was peaceful but tense in Pandu. People of two communities had clashed over the slow movement of a Ram Navmi procession at Pandu chowk on Friday.

District administration conducted a meeting with the representatives of both the communities on Saturday morning and asked them to maintain peace and harmony.

Police and para military forces camped in the village.

Legislator Nirmala Devi and representative of MP Jayant Sinha visited the spot and met the injured persons.

Hazaribagh SP Akhilesh Jha said the police was keeping a close watch on anti-social elements so that no mishap takes place again.

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