New Delhi, Mar 18: At least 18 persons, including six policemen, were injured after clashes broke out between two communities in Bihar’s Bhagalpur during the Vikram Samvat procession. The procession was organised by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bajrang Dal workers and was led by Arijit Choubey, son of Union Minister Ashwini Choubey. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Bhagalpur, Manoj Kumar said that the incident took place in the Nathnagar police station area of the district. Also Read - FACT CHECK: Political Parties Use Sourav Ganguly's Morphed Image for Social Media Campaigns
The altercation occurred when one group objected to songs being played by the procession at the Medinagar Chowk which ultimately led to a tussle between the locals and the people participating in the procession. Also Read - 100 Days Or 100 Months: Congress Will Continue To Fight Till Farm Laws Are Rolled Back, Says Priyanka Gandhi
SSP Manoj Kumar said that exchange of firing took place, shops and vehicles were set ablaze and shoes were hurled. He said that on the eve of new Vikram Samvat, that is, the New Year; a procession began from the Budhanath temple and reached Nathnagar in the district. Also Read - Asol Poribartan Will Be Done in Delhi: Mamata Banerjee Replies To PM Modi Ahead of Bengal Polls
Apart from firing gunshots, stones were also pelted from both sides. This led to several shops being vandalized and a bike being damaged. Reportedly, at least 50 rounds were fired between the two communities.
The District Magistrate (DM) and the SSP reached the spot. As of now, police force from 20 stations is camping in Bhagalpur to maintain peace. Strict action would be taken once the culprits behind the incident are identified said the senior police authorities.