Hazaribagh is under curfew for around a week now following riots that happened on the evening of April 17. Riots began when some people from a community played objectionable songs against another community while taking out a Ram Navami procession in the Khirgaon area of this city in Jharkhand. That led to stone-pelting and widespread violence leading to torching of around 30 shops and other business establishments.
The riots happened in areas located 4-5 km away from main city in Kud, Parsai and other such localities. At least three people have died in the violence.
The police have registered four FIRs in connection with the riots and the deaths. One of the FIRs is against those who pelted stones on the police as they tried to intervene during the riots. The curfew was imposed on Sunday following disturbances in the city two days after the riots. Personnel from Rapid Action Force, CRPF, and the state police are keeping a continuous vigil in the areas affected by the riot.
Since the main market area too is under curfew, businesses have taken a hit. Shops are still closed as security personnel patrol the streets of Hazaribagh.
Meanwhile, police is investigating the possibility of Bangladeshi nationals making crude bombs in a factory in Rewali where an accidental explosion on April 18 killed an unidentified number of people.
Police said that they have reports of one death but will have to confirm if four others who died were killed in the blasts or not. It is learnt that the four others who died were secretly buried. The police has sought requisite permission to exhume the bodies for investigation.
Crude bombs and bomb-making material have been recovered upon inspection of the blast site and houses of those involved. Ten people have been arrested so far.
Investigators have found a link of those involved in making the bombs to Purulia in West Bengal.
They said that it is possible that Bangladeshi migrants were training locals in Hazaribagh in making crude bombs.
The curfew order issued by the district commissioner.
Sources told TY News that one man who was injured in the blast is undergoing treatment in Sadar Hospital in the city. It was he who disclosed the crude bomb information. Locals say that the riots and the imposition of curfew has made daily life difficult in the city besides the perceived sense of fear that is now in the air.
Shops at a Mosque were gutted during the riots. TopYaps
Investigators are also probing a possible angle of scrape mafia involvement in the riots and blasts since most of the names that have cropped up in the cases are connected to the wide-scale illegal activity. It should be noted here that Hazaribagh is one of the largest towns in Jharkhand and is a centre of economic activities in the state.
The administration has warned that action will be taken against anyone found spreading misinformation or malicious information via WhatsApp.
Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Kumar said curfew would be relaxed from 5 am to 9 pm on Friday and Saturday. A review for the lifting of curfew will done on Saturday. BJP leader and former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha has called for an NIA probe into the blasts and the riots. His son, MoS Finance Jayant Sinha, is an MP from the Hazaribagh district.