FOLLOWING COMMUNAL tension during immersion of Durga idols on Tuesday and the Muharram procession on Wednesday, prohibitory orders have been imposed in Bihariganj town of Madhepura since last evening.
According to reports, the tension began on Monday evening, during a Durga Puja programme.
“While the orchestra was playing, some Muslim youths tried to disrupt the function. The organisers forced them to leave the stage, but they later came back with more people and disrupted the function,” alleged Mukesh Kumar, a resident.
On Tuesday, during the immersion of idols, some routes that passed through Muslim-dominated areas were reportedly blocked. The idols were finally immersed on Wednesday morning, with the administration deploying security forces and engaging community leaders.
On Wednesday afternoon, two government vehicles were damaged when some people reportedly pelted stones during a Muharram procession.
“We have imposed prohibitory orders to help avoid communal clashes. There are no reports of any clashes or injuries, and prohibitory orders will continue till further orders,” said Madhepura SP Vikas Kumar.
The district administration officials said prohibitory orders have been imposed under CrPC 144 as a “precautionary measure”. “It is the handiwork of just a small group of anti-social elements,” said Bihar Disaster Management Minister Professor Chandrashekhar.
Meanwhile, prohibitory orders were imposed in Piro town of Bhojpur on Thursday, following stone pelting between two groups on Wednesday evening.
At least, five government vehicles were reported to have been torched.
While 38 people have been detained in Madhepura, 18 have been detained in Bhojpur.