In yet another act of stone-pelting targeting Hindus, a Muslim mob attacked a Durga idol procession in Jehanabad district in Bihar on Thursday. The horrific attack on Hindus led to a curfew-like situation leading to the imposition of section 144 in the area.
According to the reports, around 6 am on Thursday, a group of Hindus carrying an idol of Goddess Durga for immersion were attacked by a mob, which pelted stones from terrace and rooftops of mosque with stones near Bihar Studio at Arval Modh. The sudden attack led to a stampede in which around a dozen people, including four policemen, were injured.
The stone-pelting incident in Jehanabad is similar to the one that occurred in Balrampur in Uttar Pradesh recently in which members of the Muslim community had reportedly preplanned the stone-pelting and had stored the stones to target the Goddess Durga procession.
Reportedly, the violence took place when some people allegedly pelted stones at a Durga idol immersion procession. In the meantime, hundreds of people angry over the incident gathered at different places, demanding strict action against the perpetrators of the attack. There were some reports suggesting that there have been few fire incidents in the area.
The incident has led to people suffering from serious injuries. More than 14 people, including 4 cops have got injured in the pelting incident, while eight of the injured have been admitted to the Sadar Hospital.
The police officials have urged people not to pay attention to rumours. The administration officials visited the spot to take stock of the situation. Anti-riot Rapid Action Force (RAF) of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been deployed in the area. In a bid to maintain law and order situation, police personnel from the neighbouring areas have also been called in.
Jehanabad District Magistrate Navin Kumar while speaking to OpIndia confirmed that the situation is under control and prohibitory orders are in place to avoid any incident.