Bihar: 21 arrested after clashes, Sector 144 in Piro

Prohibitory orders were in place for the second consecutive day on Friday. Markets remained closed and buses avoided the Piro route to Ara and Sasaram.

Written by Santosh Singh | Piro | Updated: October 15, 2016 5:28 am
Prohibitory orders stayed in place in Piro Friday. Express Photo by Prashant Ravi Prohibitory orders stayed in place in Piro Friday. Express Photo by Prashant Ravi

Twenty-one people have been arrested in connection with the communal tension at Piro in Bihar’s Bhojpur district. The district administration has deployed nearly 350 policemen at 15 sensitive points in the town. Internet services in the area remain suspended to prevent spreading of rumours.

Prohibitory orders were in place for the second consecutive day on Friday. Markets remained closed and buses avoided the Piro route to Ara and Sasaram. More than a dozen people were injured in clashes in the area during immersion of Durga idols and Muharram processions in the past few days. Mobs torched about a dozen private vehicles on Thursday.

Local residents said Bhojpur District Magistrate Birendra Prasad had played a crucial role in controlling the situation. Amid rumours that Muslim homes had been attacked, agitated people from the community were reportedly heading to a Hanuman temple when Prasad intervened, they added.

Prasad told The Indian Express: “I was near the temple in Piro market area. I had only four policemen with me. I told the crowd they could cause damage to the temple only after causing harm to me. I am happy that sanity prevailed and nothing happened”. Hardware shop owner Rajendra Prasad said: “There has been too much show of strength during Tazia processions and immersion of Durga idols. What is the use of youth carrying hockey sticks during such processions? Peace committees and the administration have to sort this out.”

An elderly resident claimed that rumours led to stone-pelting on processions. “Social media messages made matters worse,” he said. The politics of Piro has for long been dominated by former JD(U) MLA Sunil Pandey. Pandey lost to a CPI(ML) candidate in the last Assembly polls.

Hindustani Awam Morcha spokesman Danish Rizwan, who belongs to Garhani town near Piro, said: “NDA leaders have been camping in the area to bring normalcy and peace.” District Magistrate Prasad said prohibitory orders would be in place till further orders. “We are assessing video footage to identify people involved in the clash. Once we bring the situation under control, we will engage peace committees.”

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    shashiparihar
    Oct 15, 2016 at 4:41 pm
    There are too many instances (like few in Bengal over Durga puja) when we realize that Muslims trying to impose kind of Sharia law in India. Chants like stan Zindabad again in Bihar implies about their thoughts to distort secularism in India. These religious fights are nonsense, becoz if almighty is One for all, Religion is also one. Now the only difference is culture ( we wrongly term the word culture as Religion) . Again no religious practice ( no matter how hard and strictly you follow your religion ) leads to spiritual heights, unless you understand that for Almighty all humans are equal. If your religious practices makes you violent and it adds to hatred then beware it is not the path you could please the Almighty,lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Need to understand -- Religious freedom is everyone's right so please enjoy the cultural beauty and diversity which you would enjoy only in INDIA ; second it should be India first ( above religion ).lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Violence and Hatred is the path of INSANE and Irreligious people. No matter even if you have good knowledge of Holy books, Violent actions means you do not know the output of being religious - Love , peace and Harmony . Because if you love Almighty you should love everything he created including all religions ( it just a Culture ) and all traditions that exist across the world.
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      vish
      Oct 15, 2016 at 2:54 am
      Nitish and Lalu should camp there to bring peace.They always supported fundamentalists and anti nationals to gain few votes .They should be tried under criminal proceedings for dividing the potion on communal lines .
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