Violence broke out in five states of the country on the day of Ram Navami. There were incidents of ruckus in the areas of AAP-ruled Delhi, Trinamool Congress-ruled West Bengal and even the BJP-ruled states of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Many people were injured in the violent clashes.
Inside the communist island called Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi, there was a violent clash between two factions of the student union JNUSU. Several students were injured in the clash.
There were squabbles on the JNU campus initially over some Hindu rituals of Ram Navami that communist student union leaders objected to. Violence broke out between ABVP activists and the communist students, injuring some students.
Some students at the Kaveri hostel were worshipping Rama on Ram Navami. The student organisations of communist parties did not want to allow the worship to take place. Unable to stop the rituals, the communist student organisations raised the issue of stopping non-vegetarian food as, earlier, ABVP activists had stopped some students from consuming meat on the auspicious day.
Violence broke out again between the two sides in the evening. Many students have been injured in this.
In Jharkhand, after the incident of stone-pelting on a Ram Navami procession in the Hirahi village under the Sadar police station, communal violence broke out in the area. The miscreants torched dozens of vehicles. Ten motorcycles, three handcarts, one tempo, four cycles and several shops in the fair have been gutted at the site of a rural fair.
Ten people were grievously injured in the incident in Jharkhand. DC-SP, DDC, SDO, DSP as well as top officials of District Lohardaga and police personnel reached the spot. A huge police force has been deployed.
Sub-Divisional Magistrate Arvind Kumar Lal said that Section 144 had been imposed in the Hirahi village of Lohardaga in view of stone pelting, assault and clashes between two groups on the occasion of Ram Navami.
Stones were pelted on the procession of Ram Navami in Khargone and Sendhwa of Madhya Pradesh as well. There were incidents of arson and bombing in many areas after Muslims threw pieces of rocks at a procession. A curfew has been imposed in Khargone. SP Siddhartha Chaudhary was injured in the incident.
In Gujarat, Muslims threw stones at a Ram Navami procession in Himmatnagar and Anand yesterday. Hindus retaliated, vandalising vehicles.
Expressing concern over the incident, Gujarat Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghvi directed strict action against the culprits.
In Bankura, West Bengal, Muslims allegedly affiliated with the Trinamool Congress threw stones at a Ram Navami procession on Sunday. They targeted the police too. The cops had to take recourse to lathi-charge to control the crowd. Many people were arrested after the incident.