The Ranchi police on Tuesday arrest 45 people for the communal violence. The arrest took place after a suspected firing last night that took the city to the brink of another tense day.
The police officers speaking on condition of anonymity said about 25 of the arrested individuals are Hindus while the rest are Muslims.
Another police officer said that groups of arrested people have revealed they are members of various Hindutva groups.
Monday had already seen two incidents where meat was allegedly thrown outside places of worship: police say the bag found outside the Kali Mandir off main road was just uncleared waste but that, along with pork outside an Ormanjhi mosque, kept residents worried.
Then, past midnight, shots rang out at the Muslims-dominated Ghaus Nagar of Manitola. The police say they are yet to ascertain whether it was gunfire at all.
“Two shots were heard, but it could have been crackers or a small IED. We are told that people who did it came on a bus from Hetu village near the airport,” said ADG (Law & Order) S.N. Pradhan, also the police’s spokesperson. He said that there was no evidence of counter-firing yet.
The police say 7 to 8 suspects are being tracked for the Monday night’s incident. Pradhan said that about 100 individuals have been served notices under CrPC section 107 in apprehension of breach of peace.
Tuesday’s newspapers carried an appeal by Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, where he said that such incidents would be a blow to his attempts at putting the state on the fast track to development: “We should all stand together to defeat such attempts disrupting communal harmony,” he said.