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Indian Army conducts flag march in Assam’s Sonitpur after clashes over Ram temple celebration – India News , Firstpost

The clashes broke out when the bike-borne Bajrang Dal members have been on their option to a temple at Bhora Singori, enjoying loud music and elevating slogans

The Army on Thursday performed a flag march within the troubled areas of Sonitpur district, which witnessed clashes between two communities after a motorcycle rally was organised by Bajrang Dal activists to rejoice the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ram temple in Ayodhya, officers mentioned.

An indefinite curfew has been clamped in areas underneath the jurisdictions of Thelamara and Dhekiajuli police stations within the district, they mentioned. Sonitpur Additional Superintendent of Police, Numal Mahata, instructed PTI that Army personnel performed a flag march on the district administration’s request.

“We have already detained two persons for questioning. There was no report of any untoward incident since last night. The situation is fully under control,” he mentioned.

Mahata additionally mentioned round 10 individuals from either side suffered accidents. The Bajrang Dal, nonetheless, claimed at the least 12 of its activists have been injured.

Meanwhile, sources mentioned Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), Gyanendra Pratap Singh, has been requested to go to the disturbed areas to evaluate the state of affairs and he’s already on his means.

Sonitpur Superintendent of Police, Mugdhajyoti Dev Mahanta, has additionally been tenting on the spot since Wednesday night. The clashes broke out when the bike-borne activists have been on their to a temple at Bhora Singori, enjoying loud music and mouthing slogans.

A senior official mentioned locals objected to the booming music and questioned the presence of such a big gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in strife.

Sonitpur District Deputy Commissioner Manvendra Pratap Singh’s car was vandalised when he reached the spot shortly after the incident, the official mentioned.

“To control the situation, which turned into a communal clash, police first lathicharged and then fired in the air. Additional forces were deployed after many bikes and other vehicles were torched… The activists did not have any permission for the procession,” Singh had mentioned on Wednesday.

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