Jamshedpur Returns To Peace As Police Enforces Curfew After Communal Clashes

22/07/2015 5:36 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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An Indian policeman (C) runs towards a crowd with a lathi stick outside The Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Cricket Stadium in Nagpur on March 8, 2011, as supporters queued for tickets ahead of the forthcoming Cricket World Cup 2011 match between India and South Africa which is scheduled to take place on March 12. Ticket-hungry fans, desperate to see India's World Cup clash against South Africa, were baton-charged by police as they queued, reports claimed. The clashes happened outside the Vidarbha Cricket Association ground, the venue for the Group B game, as police struggled to control the crowds, the CNN-IBN television station reported. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Jamshedpur turned peaceful Wednesday after police enforced a curfew yesterday following two days of communal clashes.

Police staged a flag march in the affected localities of Mango area in the city. The government had rushed in 15 companies of paramilitary forces to control hostilities. 103 rioters were arrested and will be sent to judicial custody after questioning.

Trouble flared up Monday evening when three men on motorcycles tried to snatch the scarves off women who were standing outside a theatre after a show of 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'. When others reacted to fend them off, the men took out pistols and knives in a threatening show of force, before leaving.

That led to clashes between communal clashes, in which 30 people were injured. Many shops were ransacked and parked vehicles were burnt. The local police was unable to control the escalating situation, despite issuing prohibitory orders. Peace was restored with the arrival of paramilitary forces.

Deputy Commissioner Amitabh Kaushal told reporters that six FIRs have been lodged. Raghubar Das, the Jharkhand state chief minister, has ordered an inquiry into the incident and also appealed for peace to members of both communities.

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