100’s Of Shops Set On Fire, Curfew Imposed Over A Facebook Post

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Bhadrak, ODISHA: About 114 km from Bhubaneshwar, in the town of Bhadrak in Odisha hundreds of shops were set on fire and roads were blocked after violence broke out between communities on Thursday. Yesterday, curfew was imposed in Bhadrak after talks failed to resolve the row triggered by alleged abusive remarks on Facebook on Lord Ram and Sita.

At least four cops, including a DSP and an inspector, were injured while trying to defuse the situation.

It all started when some VHP and Bajrang Dal activists demanded action against three Muslim youth for their alleged blasphemous comments on Facebook. A group held a demonstration and started dharna outside the local town police station, demanding the arrest of miscreants.

The next day, a peace meeting was convened between the two groups but it failed to bring out any resolution. After the peace committee meeting failed to yield any result, a mob clashed with police personnel and pelted stones. Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Sudhakar Jena, was injured and a police vehicle was damaged in the incident, police said.

Power supply and internet services have been disconnected by the district administration, reports Times Of India. “As fresh violence broke out in several areas of the town, the administration imposed curfew in order to bring the situation under control,” Bhadrak Superintendent of Police Dilip Das said

 

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