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BJP Corporator Among 15 Booked for Communal Clash in MP Town on Republic Day

Representative image.

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The security has also been beefed up in the area and sixteen people were arrested after the two clashing groups filed the FIRs.

Bhopal: Fifteen people, including a BJP corporator, were booked on Sunday for the communal clash that broke out in Khujner town in Madhya Pradesh on Republic Day, a police officer said.

Five of them have been arrested so far, he said.

Prohibitory orders were clamped in the area, where two groups of different communities had clashed at a Republic Day function.

The district administration had imposed prohibitory orders under CrPC Section 144 in Khujner, banning assembly of five or more people, he said.

Most of the shops remained closed in the town and additional police force was deployed to prevent any further flare-up, the officer said.

Churner police station in-charge, inspector Ramkumar Raghuvanshi, said the situation in Khujner was under control.

He said both the groups had lodged cross-complaints based on which two separate FIRs were filed.

Fifteen people from both the communities, including BJP corporator Kamal Yadav, were booked and five of them arrested, Raghuvanshi said. Yadav is not among those arrested.

All of them were booked under IPC sections related to rioting, armed with deadly weapon, voluntarily causing hurt, unlawful assembly and criminal intimidation, among others, Raghuvanshi said.

In his Republic Day message Saturday, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath had stressed on making communal harmony an integral part of society.

He had called upon the people of the state to beware of forces that try to create rifts in society.

first published:January 27, 2019, 22:45 IST