Muharram Clashes in Jharkhand Killed 1

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Ranchi: Violence occurred Muharram processions today leaving one person dead and at least 12 injured in Jharkhand and Bihar while stone-pelting over use of a route for procession in Gwalior led to curfew in the area.

Clashes broke out during a procession in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh district prompting police to fire 70 rounds in the air to control the situation. DIG of North Chotonagpur Division Upendra Kumar said that a group of about 100 people standing on the road opposite the ground at Charowa Das on Hazaribagh- Katkumsandi road, pelted stones at an over 10,000 strong gathering.

Hazaribagh Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Kumar said about 22 taziyas from nearby villages and Hazaribagh town had assembled to take part in the procession. But when the actions failed to disperse the mob, the police fired at least 70 rounds in the air, said Kumar, adding one person was killed and nine injured in the violence.

In Madhubani in Bihar, three persons were injured in a clash between members of two communities when a stone was hurled on a taziya procession. Superintendent of Police Akhtar Hussain said the clash took place near Gandhi Chowk. The religious fervour was marred in Gwalior, where curfew was imposed in a locality following protest by an organisation over the route of Muharram procession.

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