Two communal clashes have been reported in Bihar’s Gaya in the past four days.
On Tuesday, police averted a communal clash at Kurmawa village, 14 km from Gaya, triggered by a fight between a group of Ansaris and members of Paswan and Nauwa (Barber) community over irrigation water. Four people were injured in the clash which took a communal turn immediately.
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Police arrived at the spot and arrested people from both communities. They were later released after signing a compromise. However, the area remains tense.
Tuesday’s clash is the second such incident in the past four days.
On Saturday, there was a clash between Muslims and Yadavs in Karmoni village, 15 km ahead of the site of Tuesday’s clash. It is learnt that a Yadav student went to collect his stipend from school where he was allegedly beaten up by a teacher from the Muslim community.
A police officer, who didn’t wish to be named, said communal tension is being purposely created ahead of the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state.