Tension gripped Bokaro in Jharkhand on Tuesday after an unidentified person threw pieces of animal flesh on the main road in the district’s Chas area.
As the news spread, a mob of around 100 people gathered at the spot and blocked the road. They began protesting, alleging that it was cow’s flesh. “The situation has been brought under control. There was no violence as such,” said Bokaro Superintendent of Police Y S Ramesh.
District administration officials said that there was stone-pelting for a while and the mob also set a few tyres on fire. However, normal traffic movement was restored within half- an-hour and police deployed to maintain vigil, they added.
Bokaro Deputy Commissioner Rai Mahimapat Ray said: “There was stone-pelting in which one constable sustained injuries. However, the mob was dispersed without the need to use force. The traffic was resumed by 8.30 pm.”
“The manner in which the whole episode has unfolded indicates mischief mongering with an intention to disturb peace during festival season,” said Ray.
Bokaro had witnessed rioting during Ram Navami in April.