Odisha : Violence broke out after VHP and Bajrang Dal started ransacking shops and set vehicles on fire despite prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC in force fresh violence erupted in communally sensitive Odisha’s district headquarters town of Bhadrak following the failure of talks at the peace committee meeting held this afternoon.
While locals have blocked the road near Nua Bazaar Medical Chhak and other places, scuffles have been reported between the police and locals, reports said. VHP and Bajrang Dal activists have ransacked and torched shops in some areas of the district headquarters town reports added. Reportedly, mobs have even attacked and damaged police vehicles.
Minority community in this communal sensitive area has reported to be under fear from the backlash of fringe elements. Home Secretary Asit Tripathy, DGP K B Singh, ADG (Law & Order) and RDC (Central) have rushed to Bhadrak, reports from the state capital said.
“I am leaving for Bhadrak right now. Though we have reports over the situation there. Will take stock of the situation on the ground and take a call,” informed Home Secretary Asit Tripathy before leaving Bhubaneswar for Bhadrak.
Police resorted to lathi charge to disperse agitators after some roadside meat shops belonging to minorities were set on fire at Banto Square. About 15 platoons of policemen have been deployed in the town to maintain law and order.
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Notably, the violence had erupted in Bhadrak town yesterday following objectionable remarks on Lord Ram, Goddess Sita on social media. The Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists had blocked the main road by burning tyres protesting against the remarks.
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They had also gheraoed Bhadrak Town police station demanding the arrest of the persons involved in posting such remarks in social media.
VHP and Bajrang Dal activists on Thursday burnt tyres on main roads to stop traffic and gheraoed a police station in Odisha’s Bhadrak town demanding action against three Muslim youths for their ‘alleged’ blasphemous comments on Facebook. The three had allegedly posted comments against Ram, Sita and Hanuman in response to Bajrang Dal activist Ajit Kumar Padhihari’s post saying Jay Shri Ram on Facebook.