Left parties blame RSS, VHP for communal flare-ups in Jharkhand

  • Hindustan Times, Ranchi
  • Updated: Sep 29, 2015 15:34 IST
Police force on vigil in strife areas of Ranchi. (Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)

Days after a communal clash singed Ranchi, the Left parties on Monday pointed finger at the right-wing organisations such as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).

Communal clashes broke out in Ranchi on Friday after a piece of beef was allegedly found near a temple, forcing government to issue prohibitory order.

At a meeting, leader of the left parties, including CPI MP from Bhubaneswar Prasad Mehta, CPI (M) state secretary Janardan Prasad, accused the saffron organisations of trying to polarise voters in the run up to the Bihar elections, which will begin on October 12.

They alleged no first information report (FIR) was filed against the VHP leaders, who according to them, were responsible for spreading rumours that brought the city to a halt on Saturday.

CPI (M) state secretary Gopi Kant Bakshi said the police lodged FIRs against hundreds of innocents to hide their failures in tackling the mounting tension.

“The partial action gives rise to speculation that the BJP-ruled state is protecting the trouble mongers,” said CPI leader and former Hazaribagh MP Bhubaneswar Prasad Mehta.

The Left leaders said that during Eid and Rath Yatra too, the Jamshedpur district administration failed to tackle the spread of communal tension.

The leaders will meet governor Droupadi Murmu to seek her intervention to stop partial action by the administration.

The parties have also decided to launch a state-wide campaign to “spread awareness on communal design” of the saffron brigade.

“We will make people aware by distributing pamphlets and holding street plays,” said CPI (M) leader Prakash Viplab.

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