There was a lot of ruckus in the Narayanpur mosque of Pindrajora police station area of Bokaro in Jharkhand for offering prayers of goodbye. Those offering namaz attacked the police who had reached the mosque on hearing that more than 100 people had gathered at the place, violating social distancing norms and thus creating a hotbed for the spread of coronavirus. Those at the mosque pelted stones at the force and then rushed to the cops to launch a further assault.
Police, citing the lockdown, asked the Muslims not to offer namaz collectively. The large group that had gathered before the mosque got furious and threw stones at the PCR. The police had to call additional force. Three policemen, including the driver of their car, were seriously injured.
On seeing the police, the mob attacked the van. They dragged the driver of the van, Mukesh, out of the car and severely injured him. When the situation went out of control, the cops on the spot called additional forces even as women joined their menfolk to abuse the police.
After somehow bringing the situation under control, the authority deployed a large police force around the mosque in village Narayanpur.
The police held a meeting with villagers around the mosque and appealed people to maintain peace. The Pindrajora police have started identifying the accused who attacked their vehicle. Bokaro SP said that at present, things were falling in place. He said the miscreants would be prosecuted.
Just a day before in Bokaro, five new coronavirus patients surfaced. Despite this, a section of the demography is trying to thwart governmental and administrative efforts, endangering their own lives along with those of others.
Bokaro Steel City in Jharkhand has been in the middle of the COVID contagion since the beginning. In April, 14 people living in the mosque of Pipradih village in Chandrapura block of District Bokaro were sent to a quarantine centre by the administration.