Clashes in India amid celebrations of Hindu festival

New Delhi, March 30 (KMS): Several incidents of communal clashes were reported across India on Wednesday night (29 March) and Thursday (30 March) amid celebrations of Hindu festival Ram Navami.

In Aurangabad city of the Indian state of Maharashtra, a mob of around 500 people allegedly attacked policemen on Wednesday night in Kiradpura.

“We don’t know who the people, numbering 500 to 600, involved in the attack were. It started after some youth clashed. A combing operation is underway to nab them,” Police Commissioner, Nikhil Gupta, was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India (PTI). He added that the incident went on for around an hour and six or seven vehicles were also damaged.

Several videos circulating on social media purportedly showed local All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen Member of Lok Sabha (lower house of Indian Parliament) Imtiaz Jaleel, and state Bharatiya Janata Party minister Atul Save making efforts to calm the crowd.

Meanwhile, a stone-pelting incident was reported from Vadodara city of Gujarat state on the occasion of the Hindu festival. However, the police said the situation is under control and peace has been restored in the area.

Several vehicles were torched as communal clashes rocked West Bengal’s Howrah on Thursday. This comes after several members of the Hindutva organization Swami Vivekananda Seva Sangh were seen brandishing swords and hockey sticks during a Ram Navami rally earlier in the day, India Today reported.

In another incident, at least 13 people were killed after the roof of a well collapsed at a temple in Indore city of Madhya Pradesh state, today.

In yet another incident, a fire broke out at a temple in Andhra Pradesh’s West Godavari district amid celebrations of the Hindu festival. Officials said that nobody was injured during the incident.

“It was a short-circuit and there was no loss of life or injury,” West Godavari district Superintendent of Police (SP) U Ravi Prakash told PTI.

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