Communal Tension Grips Bihar Town, Day Before Nitish’s Swearing In

Communal violence and tension grips Lalganj, in Bihar, a day before Nitish Kumar’s swearing in as Chief Minister.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. (Photo: Reuters)

Communal violence and tension has gripped a town in Bihar, just a day before Nitish Kumar’s swearing in ceremony, reported the Indian Express.

A lethal cocktail of local politics, rumour-mongering and communal faultlines led to the violence in Vaishali’s Lalganj over the last 48 hours during which a 17-year-old was killed in police firing and an officer lynched by a mob, according to officials and residents.

This was triggered by an accident on Tuesday when 19-year-old Mohammed Rizwan lost control of the pick-up van he was driving and rammed into the house of a 60-year-old businessman, killing him and his 8-month-old granddaughter.

The incident acquired a communal tone on Wednesday when word spread that Rizwan had been let off by police after preliminary inquiries, residents said. Within hours, they added, nearly 1,000 people were engaged in clashes that led to 17-year-old Vikas Kumar being fatally injured in police firing and Sub-Inspector Ajit Kumar lynched.

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