Patna, Oct 3: According the police more than two dozen people were injured in incidents of communal clash in several parts of Bihar following the immersion of Durga idols and Tazia processions.
The violence erupted between the two communities in Katihar city on Tuesday, in which people pelted stones, even tried to set on fire each other, police said, news agency IANS quoted , adding some shops were looted and ransacked by anti-social elements.
Following the riots transport services were paralyzed. Markets , schools were shut down and internet services were suspended.
Some of the shops and vehicles were also set ablaze.
Incidents of communal clashes were also reported from Nawada, Bhojpur, Rohtas, Siwan, Sitamarhi, Jamui and West Champaran districts,which prompted authorities to impose prohibitory orders and banned internet services.
“In Akbarpur bazaar in Nawada, communal tension continues for the last six days. Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed and internet services again banned on Tuesday,” a district official stated.
Five persons from both communities have been arrested for alleged involvement in anti-social activities, Nawada Superintendent of Police Vikas Barman said, adding additional security forces were deployed in the sensitive areas.
Tension began last week during Durga Puja and clashes between the two communities again triggered in Nawada on Monday night during the Tazia processions.
In Jamui district, communal tension continued for the third day on Tuesday with markets and schools shut, internet services temporarily suspended and additional security forces deployed.
While in Siwan, there has been tension since Monday following a violent clash between members of both communities at Karbala bazaar in Barharia.
“A group of people on Monday attacked shops belonging to the another community that led to tension,” Siwan Superintendent of Police Saurav Kumar Shah said, adding that the situation was now under control.
More than 50 people were nabbed following the communal clashes in Sitamarhi on Sunday and Monday.
In view of communal tension in Bhojpur’s Piro and Rohtas’ Nokha, the district administration has temporarily banned internet services and deployed additional security forces.
Six shops were torched in Nokha after clashes between the two communities, police said, adding 17 people have been arrested.
Rohtas District Magistrate Animesh Parashar said that additional security forces were deployed, adding that now the situation is under control.