On the occasion of Ram Navami, Aurangabad faced some clashes amidst two major communities. The situation got so worse that, section 144 had to be imposed. The reports mention that clashes happened because a group celebrating Ram Navami was targeted with stone hurling. The group of devotees was marching through Nawadih area on Sunday.
The incident caused injuries to many people. Amidst the sheer violence, many shops were blazed and properties damaged. The area around Ramesh Chowk was agitated by the angry mob. Because of this sheer violence, internet services have been put to halt.
Rahul Ranjan Mahiwal (DM in Aurangabad), has clarified that the situation is more like normal now. Patna city zonal IG Nayyar Hasnain Khan mentioned that district armed police workers have been asked to guard the area and bring the situation under control.
But, other areas of Bihar are also not in peace. Places like Gaya and Siwan are facing a huge amount of violence. In the district of Gaya, stones were hurled which ignited clashes.
In the area of Siwan too faced the “communal” clashes which took place when a bunch of people puts halt to Ram Navami procession. The celebration was about to take place at Nizampur village on Saturday night.
Bihar authorities in Aurangabad immediately obtruded curfew on the day of Monday.
Some local sources confirmed that the rioters had ignited ablaze for about 50 shops situated near Jama Masjid. It is situated near GT road where more than 60 people sustained heavy injuries in the process of stone-pelting. Devotees in Ram Navami procession were bombarded with stones.
Police gave the statement that “The trouble-makers are being identified”. On Monday, various senior officials made the visits to the town to solace the residents. Also, they urged them to maintain a cooperation so that peace and administration can be sustained.
Further, on Monday, heated arguments followed the incident. There was a high degree of hullabaloo and repartee game between the opposition and ruling government. Tejashwi Yadav, who is an opposition leader mentioned that the riots were still a source of heavy air in Aurangabad. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called them sheer rumors.
On Sunday, there were reports regarding sheet violence in West Bengal at the time of Ram Navami. One person even succumbed to death during these clashes.
Kumar mentioned that “Ram Navami had passed off peacefully in Bihar “with a few exceptions”. He also asserted that there was no report of curfew or police firing in Aurangabad.
Nitish Kumar said, “If you (Tejashwi) try to give vent to rumors through the House, it vitiates the atmosphere…Please don’t do such things”.
“If there is any local issue and you want to make it a state-level one through the House, then it will be construed that you are willing to whip up passions… We all should try to maintain peace and amity,”
“We all, including the DGP and the Home Secretary, are talking to the people concerned. Senior officials have been rushed to the spot to keep things under control”
Further, he added, “ No one will be spared”.