Aurangabad: Section 144 has been imposed in Aurangabad after clashes broke out between two communities on the occasion of Ram Navami. As per reports, clashes occurred when stones were thrown at a group taking out a march to celebrate Ram Navami in Nawadih area on Sunday.
Many are said to have been injured in the incident. In the ensuing violence, shops were burnt and properties damaged at Ramesh Chowk by agitating mob. Internet services have been suspended in the city as a result of the violence.
Aurangabad DM Rahul Ranjan Mahiwal has said that the situation was under control. He has also said that the procession was authorised and was passing through pre-determined route, as per media reports. Patna zonal IG Nayyar Hasnain Khan too has said that district armed police personnel were deployed in the area and the situation was under control.
Reports of violence have also been reported from other parts of Bihar like Gaya and Siwan. In Gaya, stones were reportedly pelted on a Ram Navami procession under Kothi police station area on Sunday, which led to clashes between two communities.
In Siwan too, 'communal' clashes are said to have taken place when a group of people stopped a Ram Navami procession at Nizampur village on Saturday night.
The state home department and state police's special branch had earlier urged people not to share objectionable posts on social media on the occasion of Ram Navami. They had also taken out advertisements in newspapers asking people not to raise slogans which would hurt religious sentiments.