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Video shows saffron flag hosted atop Samastipur mosque, Bihar riots unabated

Thursday March 29, 2018 4:22 PM, & Agencies

Samastipur Jama Masjid Saffron Flag

Patna: Hindu extremists are seen in a viral video hoisting saffron flags atop a mosque as police watched along with hundreds of people in Samastipur district of Bihar where communal riots erupted during Ram Navmi festival Monday.

According to multiple media reports, the incident happened on Tuesday during the idol immersion procession when some miscreants in Rosera town of Samastipur district gathered outside Jama Masjid and hoisted the saffron flag on the mosque minaret.

A video of the incident which has gone viral on social media platforms shows a right-wing goon hoisting the saffron flag on top floor of the mosque where Indian Tricolor is also seen. Soon later another extremist is seen climbing the tower of the mosque and hoisting the flag even as the crowd cheered.

Police personnel wearing helmets are also seen in the video. However, instead of taking action against the miscreants, they merely watched as the saffron flag was hoisted atop the mosque which was surrounded by hundreds of people.

Samastipur district Superintended of Police (SP) Deepak Ranjan said when the police arrived there, they did not get the saffron flags, only got a tricolor. “On Tuesday morning, people from a certain community gathered here to disturb the law and order. The police arrived here as soon as we were informed about the incident and the situation is now under control.”

Meanwhile, two BJP leaders were arrested on Thursday on the charge of disturbing communal harmony that resulted in clashes during the Ram Navami procession in Rosera of Samastipur, police said. Dinesh Jha and Mohan Patwa were arrested on the basis of a video footage of the incident.

After the arrests, workers and supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held a protest against the police action on Thursday and termed the action "one-sided".

Clashes between two communities also erupted in Munger late on Tuesday night as some people protested against a controversial song being played and inflammatory slogans being chanted in an immersion procession of Chaiti Durga. Stones were pelted by both sides and shots were also fired at the Neelam Chowk thoroughfare. Violence was witnessed in several parts of the town and property and vehicles were set afire, said sources.

Reports of communal tension in districts like Bhagalpur, Aurangabad, Nalanda, Sheikhpura and Jaamui were also received. Earlier, police had issued arrest warrant against Arijit Shashwat, son of Union Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey. However, he has not been arrested so far. Shashwat had led a procession in Bhagalpur which ended in clashes between Hindus and Muslims. Ironically, soon after the clashes were reported Union Minister Choubey said he was proud of his son.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is running Janata Dal (U) government in Bihar in alliance with the BJP, is being slammed by Rashrtiya Janata Dal (RJD) and other opposition parties for inaction. “There are riots and incidents of violence all over Bihar. After locking me up, BJP has set the whole state ablaze. Nitish Kumar is finished now,” RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav told reporters in New Delhi where he was brought for treatment at AIIMS Hospital.

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