Clashes af­ter idol van­dalised

■ Op­po­si­tion par­ties blame BJP lead­ers for in­cit­ing ten­sion

The Asian Age - - Nation - NAYEAR AZAD THE ASIAN AGE

Bi­har chief min­is­ter Ni­tish Kumar came un­der a fresh round of at­tack af­ter vi­o­lent clashes broke out in Nawada dis­trict on Fri­day.

Dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion claim that clashes erupted in Nawada af­ter a de­ity’s idol was van­dal­ized by few mis­cre­ants. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports from Nawada, shops were torched and ve­hi­cles were badly dam­aged in the vi­o­lence.

The state gov­ern­ment has is­sued pro­hibitory or­ders and ad­di­tional forces were de­ployed to con­trol the sit­u­a­tion in the area. Re­ports of sev­eral rounds of fir­ing are also com­ing from Nawada.

Ac­cord­ing to dis­trict mag­is­trate Nawada, Kaushal Kumar, “Ad­e­quate se­cu­rity mea­sures are be­ing taken to bring the sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol. The in­ci­dent oc­curred af­ter an idol was van­dal­ized by few mis­cre­ants”. Nawada which is the Lok Sabha con­stituency of Union Min­is­ter Giri­raj Singh be­came the sev­enth dis­trict to face com­mu­nal vi­o­lence.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, at least seven out of 38 dis­tricts in Bi­har have been badly af­fected by grow­ing com­mu­nal ten­sion. Chief min­is­ter Ni­tish Kumar has been fac­ing crit­i­cism for his fail­ure in deal­ing with the sit­u­a­tion.

The first round of com­mu­nal vi­o­lence was re­ported from Bha­galpur last week. Union min­is­ter of Ashwini Choubey’s son Ari­jit Shaswat was made one of the main ac­cused in the case by the po­lice and a war­rant of ar­rest was also is­sued against him. In the last cou­ple of days re­ports of com­mu­nal strife were also re­ported from Sa­mas­tipur and Na­landa dis­trict of the state. Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, two lo­cal BJP work­ers were held in Sa­mas­tipur and Na­landa dis­trict on Thurs­day in con­nec­tion with the clashes that erupted in these two dis­tricts.

The op­po­si­tion par­ties blamed BJP lead­ers for in­cit­ing com­mu­nal ten­sion in the state to po­lar­ize the so­ci­ety. Ac­cord­ing to RJD, in­ten­sive com­mu­nal cam­paign­ing dur­ing re­cently held by- elec­tions by lead­ers of BJP could be one of the main rea­sons be­hind spurt in vi­o­lence.

Te­jashwi Ya­dav blamed RSS chief Mo­han Bhag­wat for the com­mu­nal ten­sion in Bi­har. He said, “The re­cent com­mu­nal vi­o­lence is a de­sign to po­lar­ize so­ci­ety by BJP and RSS to gain po­lit­i­cally. I also want to in­form peo­ple that Mo­han Bhag­wat stayed in Bi­har for four­teen days and re­turned af­ter train­ing his vol­un­teers”.

He also called chief min­is­ter Ni­tish Kumar “help­less” and ac­cused him of not ar­rest­ing peo­ple who have been in­volved in in­cit­ing com­mu­nal ten­sion in Bi­har.

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