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Section 144 imposed in Ranchi following clashes

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Ranchi, Sep 26:  Prohibitory orders under section 144 CRPC have been imposed in Ranchi following sporadic clashes between two communities at Manik Tola area under Doranda police station limits last night. 

Clashes between two communities and a shutdown were witnessed here on Saturday after a piece of beef was found in a temple.

The beef was found in a temple situated in Doranda locality on Friday night, prompting the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal members to give a call for a shutdown with their supporters trying to forcibly close the shops. 

Clashes between VHP workers and others left a few people injured. Tyres were burnt at many places in Ranchi, police said. 

Parents were informed by schools to collect their children from school because of the stone pelting and burning of tyres. 

Chief Minister Raghubar Das’s convoy, heading towards the airport to pick him up, was also stopped by the bandh supporters near Hino locality in Ranchi. 

When Das returned to Ranchi from Jamshedpur, he met people and assured them of taking necessary action and providing free treatment to the injured. 

Chief Minister Raghubar Das today took to the streets in Ranchi to appeal for peace after communal violence erupted in the capital city. He also took to twitter to appeal the people of the city to maintain peace and not to indulge in violence. Raghubar Das today visited Hinoo Chowk here and appealed to the people to maintain peace and tranquility, official sources said.

He directed Director General of Police D K Pandey to keep a strict vigil in the wake of tension between two communities at Manik Tola since last night.

Ranchi Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar said prohibitory order under section 144 CRPC was promulgated at Manik Tola area last night and in Ranchi city today banning processions and gathering in groups.

At least 60 persons were taken into preventive custody, Kumar said. Police forces were deployed in strength and the situation was now “under control”, he said.

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