Bhopal: Home Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Narottam Mishra, said 77 people have been arrested so far in connection with the violence during Ram Navmi celebrations. At least 10 houses were set on fire and more than two dozen people including Superintendent of Police (SP) Siddharth Choudhary were injured in the clashes during the Ram Navmi celebrations in various areas of Khargone in Madhya Pradesh.
Addressing reporters on Monday, Mishra said: “The Superintendent of Police was shot in the leg. Six more cops were also injured during the violence. All of them are doing well and are out of danger. Besides the cops, an individual named Shivam Shukla was also hurt. Shukla was injured in the head, but none of them are in danger.”
The clashes broke out near Talab Chowk mosque in Khargone, as some people there opposed the provocative songs being played during the procession. According to The Indian Express report, a mob was pelting stones at the mosque and nearby houses. The police were disbursing the mob.
When the incident broke out, BJP leader Kapil Mishra was also in Khargone. He was there to attend the Shriram Janmotsav Shobha Yatra procession. He shared photos on Twitter and wrote, “Na Musa na Burhan, Bas Jai Shree Ram. Hamari Ram Navami yatra Khargone, Madhya Pradesh, me shuru.”
The Collector said, “Talab Chowk clash led to clashes in Qazipura and other parts of the city and several vehicles were torched. Close to 60 km away from Khargone city, similar clashes and stone-pelting took place in communally sensitive Sedhwa block of adjoining Barwani district.”
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