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BJP Corporator Among 15 Charged For Communal Clash In Madhya Pradesh's Khujner town

News Agencies | Updated on: 28 January 2019, 12:14 IST

Fifteen people, including a BJP corporator, were on Sunday charged 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 in place 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.

Police 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.

15 people from both the communities, including BJP corporator Kamal Yadav, were charged and five of them were arrested, Mr Raghuvanshi said.

Kamal Yadav was not among those arrested.

All of them were charged 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 on 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: 28 January 2019, 12:14 IST