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VHP blames minority community leaders and ‘left liberals’ for violence during Ram Navami

The Vishva Hindu Parishad on Monday alleged that minority community leaders and left-wing liberals were to blame for ‘attacks’ across the country on people celebrating Ram Navami and warned them against driving their supporters on the path of violence.

The festival which marks Lord Ram’s birthday was celebrated with processions on Sunday in which incidents of stone throwing and rioting were reported in states including Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.

In the nation’s capital, two groups of students clashed at the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for serving non-vegetarian food to Ram Navami in his mess, with police saying six students were injured.

In a video message, Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) Joint Secretary General Surendra Jain called Sunday’s violence in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand and JNU “unfortunate” and said he was everyone’s responsibility to ensure that such incidents did not occur.

“It is regrettable that bombings have been carried out during Ram Navami celebrations in several places in the country on the occasion of the pious…Wherever Muslims are in large numbers, they have carried out bombings during the Ram Festival. Navami, hurt people and tried to kill,” he alleged.

Jain said he called on “all Christian missionaries, jihadists and leftist liberals” to understand that “Hindu society cannot tolerate this kind of violence”.

“It is everyone’s responsibility…I call on Muslim leaders not to lead their society down such a path. It is neither in your interest nor in your society,” he said.

A curfew was imposed in Khargone in Madhya Pradesh and 77 people were arrested after stones were thrown at a Ram Navami procession which sparked arson attacks.

Khargone Police Superintendent Siddharth Choudhary was shot and injured in the violence and besides him, at least 24 other people, including six police officers, were also injured.

The police had to fire tear gas canisters to control the situation after stones were thrown during the procession.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan called the incident unfortunate and said damage to public and private property will be recovered from the rioters.

The rioters have been identified and will not be spared. Strict action will be taken against them, he said and asserted that there is no room for rioters in Madhya Pradesh.

In Gujarat, as police arrested nine people for allegedly throwing stones and participating in violence during a Ram Navami procession in Khambat town, Anand district, restraining orders were imposed on Himmatnagar following similar incidents, officials said on Monday.

One person was killed in clashes in the town of Khambhat on Sunday.

Sabarkantha Collector Hitesh Koya on Sunday evening banned the gathering of more than five people in certain sensitive areas of the city, including the area of ​​Chhaparia, where an arson attack took place.

The restraining orders will remain in effect until April 13.

A day after the clash at JNU, security was tightened to keep the peace and ensure no untoward incidents occur, police said.

According to the police, security, both inside and outside the campus, has been tightened.

Police personnel have only been deployed outside campus so far, while security inside campus is handled by university security guards.

Delhi Police have registered an FIR against unknown members of the RSS affiliated ABVP based on the complaint received from a group of students in relation to clashes on campus.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) Manoj C said he received a complaint from a group of student members of JNUSU, SFI, DSF and AISA early Monday morning against unknown militants from the ‘ABVP.

In Lohardaga district, Jharkhand, one person died and a dozen people were injured as violence erupted during a Ram Navami procession on Sunday, an official said.

Ten bicycles and a van were also set on fire during the violence, they said.

After the incident, internet services were suspended in the town of Lohardaga “to prevent rumors”. CrPC Section 144 restraining orders have also been imposed on the entire district, Sub-Division Officer (SDO) Arbind Kumar Lal said.

Lohardaga (DC) Deputy Commissioner Waghmare Prasad Krishna and Police Superintendent Priyanka Meena are currently monitoring the situation.

“The situation is now under control. There is no disruption anywhere,” Lal told PTI.