Ram Navami violence: 1 killed, 6 injured & 80 arrested in Bihar


Tensions remained high in Bihar even a day after Ram Navami, as new violence in Rohtas and Nalanda districts yesterday, the police said.

One person was murdered and many others were injured in Nalanda’s Biharsharif during skirmishes between two groups last evening, while six others were hurt in a bomb blast in Rohtas district’s Sasaram town.

The blast occurred at a residence in Sasaram, the police said and a two-wheeler was retrieved from the scene.

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To ensure law and order in the region, police have issued prohibitory orders in Nalanda. On Friday, clashes were reported in both districts.

Since Thursday, tensions have been mounting over the removal of Ram Navami processions. By Friday afternoon, the tension had escalated into full-fledged fights, with both sides throwing stones at one other.

District Magistrate of Nalanda Shashank Shubhankar stated that at least 80 persons have been detained, and community leaders are organising meetings to urge people to keep the peace.

Senior officials are present in the affected districts, and security has been enhanced in Nalanda and Rohtas, they said, adding that social media is also being monitored to avoid the transmission of false or inflammatory news.

Home Minister Amit Shah, who was due to visit Sasaram today, spoke to Bihar Governor Rajendra Arlekar on Sunday about the state’s violent situation.

After communal tensions in the area, Shah cancelled his trip to the state.

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