Jharkhand: Day after violence and arson, blame game begins in village

Police have registered three FIRs. No arrests have been made yet.

Written by Prashant Pandey | Hazaribagh | Published: April 17, 2016 1:21 am
jharkhand, jharkhand violence, ram navmi, ram navmi violence, jharkhand clashes, clashes in jharkhand, jharkhand news, india news The gutted dumper trucks in Pandu. (Express Photo by Prashant Pandey)

Pandu village in Hazaribagh bore an eerie calm Saturday. On Friday evening, it witnessed stone-pelting and arson after an argument between two communities during a Ram Navami procession. Nearly a dozen houses were torched and a 65-year-old, Abdul Majid, died after falling off a roof as he was trying to escape the violence. Three dumper trucks owned by the former village head were gutted. The former head, Rabbani Miyan, has been accused of misusing government funds.

Police have registered three FIRs. No arrests have been made yet. Of the more than two dozen injured, four have been referred to RIMS, Ranchi. They are reportedly out of danger.

Pandu, nearly 50 km from the district headquarters, is a Muslim-dominated village, while nearby hamlets Benvari, Beldeori and Tehersa have a high Hindu population. Traditionally, Ram Navami processions from these hamlets meet near Muslim settlements. Muslim community elders are engaged to ensure peace.

Mohammad Tayyab, 60, a community elder, said: “After the processions met, they returned to Toond Chowk. Here, an argument started between youths from both communities. Things escalated when one of them struck a light and threw it at one of our houses.”

Abdul Sattar, another elder, said he was in Basariya when he heard announcements on a loudspeaker urging people to reach Pandu “where Hindus had been attacked”.

“First, they torched one Masoom Miyan’s house and then the other houses. One Ejaz’s shop was looted,” he said, adding that money Masoom had saved for his daughter’s marriage turned to ashes. Asked who set afire nearly half-a-dozen houses of Hindus, Tayyab alleged they could have done it on their own to play victims.

Majid’s widow Rozini Khatoon said a rioter pushed him off the roof. Others claimed he hid on the roof during the violence and fell while trying to flee.

The Hindus, most of whom have fled to Basariya, claimed a call from the mosque triggered the stone-pelting. “The processions met near Ejaz’s shop and returned to Toond Chowk. There was an argument. A call was made from the mosque after which people started pelting us with stones from rooftops,” said Pandu resident Ganesh Singh.

“It appears anger against the former village head led to the incident,” said SP Akhilesh Jha.

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    Chacha Jee
    Apr 17, 2016 at 6:21 pm
    Muslim should be rehabilated in stan. No Hindu processions and no muslim rioting. India is easing citizenship laws for expelled and operessed hindus of stan. On other hand, stan was created for Indian muslim. hi and Nehru kept them for vote bank politics and only Nehru family benefited and India lost. Big mistake of Keeping Muslim here after 1947. Muslim believe in ethnic cleansing as seen in Kashmir and stan. If I Indian had little effort 1947, India would have been muslim free. Look at Burma, they just threw muslim to sea and everyone understood why. Muslim have no positive contribution to india and these low lives while living and eating in india hate india and hindus by their ssss. Any future talks with stan, India must take up issue of muslim who wish to go to india and deportation of muslim who are unfit to live in secular society. As long as Muslim live in, there will be no peace and no progress. India is facing water and food shortage and these muslim with their 4 wives and pigery like household are cause of it. PLEASE DEPORT MUSLIM TO STAN. IF SMALL COUNTRY LIKE BURMA COULD THEN DEFINITELY INDIA CAN AND STAN WAS CREATED OUT OF INDIA FOR THESE MUSLIM. MUSLIM IN INDIA ARE DISLOYAL, UNPATRIOTIC AND CONSIDER THEMSELVES STANIS. DEPORT THEM FOR PERMANENT PEACE AND TRANQUILITY.