Clashes Reported In Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka On Hanuman Jayanti

New Delhi: According to officials quoted by news agency ANI, police in Andhra Pradesh have taken 20 persons into prison following violence between members of two groups during a Hanuman Jayanti parade in Kurnool district on Saturday. The incident allegedly resulted in stone pelting in Alur town, injuring 15 persons. The situation was brought under control once police were dispatched.

“20 persons taken into custody based on videos and are being interrogated,” a senior police officer told ANI, “The situation is currently peaceful. Adequate civil and armed forces have also been deployed.”

In Karnataka stone-pelting reportedly took place at a police station in Hubli district. “Four policemen, including one inspector, were injured,” ANI reported quoting police officials.

Orders banning large gatherings have been imposed in Hubli town. “40 people have been arrested and six cases registered. The investigation is underway,” Hubballi-Dharwad police commissioner Labhu Ram said.

On Saturday evening, confrontations erupted in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri, causing violence in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. As two communities clashed over a Hanuman Jayanti procession, stone-pelting was reported and vehicles were set on fire.

Eight police personnel and a civilian were injured and 14 accused, including the man who opened fire, have been arrested, Delhi Police said Sunday.

Last week, during religious processions commemorating Ram Navami, there were multiple instances of violence. In four states, violence between two communities has been reported: Bengal, Jharkhand, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh.

Following an alleged attack on a Ram Navami procession in the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh district of Khargone, many episodes of violence were recorded. The administration of Shivraj Singh Chouhan retaliated by demolishing the homes of the accused, who were predominantly Muslims.

Similar actions were carried out by the BJP government in Gujarat.

In each of these cases government action was carried out before the courts ruled on whether or not those accused had, in fact, committed the crimes.

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