103 Arrested as VHP Raises Storm in Jamshedpur

103 people arrested, 6 FIRs registered and Section 144 of the CrPC imposed in Jamshedpur as two communities clashed.

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Two communities clashed in Jamshedpur and Section 144 was imposed. (Photo: PTI)

Over 100 people were arrested in Jamshedpur after a bandh called by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today affected normal life in Mango area of Jamshedpur where prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC have been clamped following a clash between two communities over an eve-teasing incident.

Altogether six FIRs were lodged during the last 24 hours after the clash broke out between two groups at Mango police station area over the incident.

As many as 150 people were named accused in the FIRs and 103 people were arrested in connection with the clash, they said.

Bandh supporters demanding arrest of those responsible for the eve-teasing last night put up road blockades and set fire to tyres in the middle of roads disrupting traffic for hours, police said.

Small groups of both the communities gathered at different places but the police prevented them from coming close, a police officer said adding senior district officials were camping at trouble torn Mango.

There were reports that the police used tear gas shells and fired in the air to disperse the groups, but there are no official confirmation.

The situation is tense but under control and adequate security arrangements have been made to maintain law and order, Commissioner of Kolhan Division, Arun.

Following the eve-teasing incident last night, members of both the communities indulged in brick-batting and several persons including a Deputy SP and an inspector were injured while trying the pacify the situation.

The district administration promulgated Section 144 CrPC following the clash late last night.

A similar eve-teasing incident had taken place two days ago in the area.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das tonight ordered an inquiry into the clash.

(With inputs from PTI)

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