Communal tension in Rourkela and Soro due to idol immersion

Bhubaneswar: While tension still prevails in steel city Rourkela over group clashes erupted during the immersion procession of Ganesh idols on Monday with prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in force now, the situation at Soro in Baleswar district eased off with resumption of immersion of the rest of the idols amid tight police security this morning.

”Pattamundai town of Kendrapara district continued to simmer as members of minority community opposed the use of loudspeakers and beating of drums in front of a mosque during an immersion procession of Ma Khudurukuni, a local deity. More than than 1000 people blocked the Pattamundai-Rajnagar road demanding strict action against the people who prevented them from using the loudspeakers.”

Similarly, In Soro town of Balasore, police lifted the 12-hour curfew which they had imposed Monday evening following incidents of communal violence since last three days, the Express report added.

This is the second such incident of communal tension in Rourkela in two months. On On July 14 this year, an ‘objectionable message’ on WhatsApp shared by a youth from majority community resulted in tension among both the communities. To control the situation, Police administration had imposed Section 144 of the CrPC in the city and this helped averted any chances of clashes.

According to information, police have still kept six persons under detention and interrogating them regarding stone pelting and damaging of motor cycles and cars during the procession at Rourkela. About 20 platoons of police force are still deployed here to control the situation.

Section 144 of the CrPC is still in force at Soro, yet imposition has been relaxed from 8 am to 2 pm today for immersion of the rest of the Ganesh idols. Due to the clash, six idols could not have been immersed on Monday. The idols are being taken in a simple procession amid tight security for immersion.

It may be noted that the district administration had imposed curfew from 6 am to 6 pm to avert any possible communal violence at Soro on Tuesday.


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