Bhadrak Town of Odisha – Section 144 has been imposed in Odisha’s Bhadrak town following derogatory Facebook Post against Lord Ram
Bhadrak (Odisha) Curfew remained in force in the town while Prohibitory orders were imposed in nearby Dhamnagar and Basudevpur on 8th April 2017, after the town witnessed violence over Alleged abusive remarks on Social Media against Hindu Deities. While Additional force was also deployed in Bhadrak where curfew will remain in force till Sunday Morning, prohibitory orders were imposed in Dhamnagar and Basudevpur on 8thApril as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of violence, a police official said. Several officials like Home Secretary Asit Tripathy and Director General of police KB Singh have been camping in Bhadrak to monitor and supervise operations to restore peace and order in the town in a normal manner.
DGP says, there is a close vigil on, and he also further added that the situation was now under control after some violent incidents which took place in the town, but there was no group clash and no loss of life.Utmost care is being taken to maintain harmony and adequate force has been deployed in order to prevent any flare up and restore peace and normalcy, he further added. A host of Leaders including Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, and Odisha Pradesh congress committee (OPCC) President President Prasad Harichandan appealed to people of Odisha to maintain calm & peace, normalcy will be restored assured all leaders.
According to the news, the situation was brought under control, however curfew has been imposed till tomorrow Morning: Hansraj Ahir, MoS Home on Bhadrak(Odisha) protests said.
The Chief Minister also further stated that stringent action would be taken against the Trouble makers and Law breakers. Around 20 people were detained in Connection with the violent incidents which left several shops gutted and vehicles damaged. About 1,100 police personnel, deployed across the Odisha town, have been patrolling the sensitive localities, police said. The violence hit town wore a deserted look as shops, business establishments, Educational Institutions and other organisations were shut down. Violence also had erupted in Bhadrak town on 6thApril 2017, after a group staged demonstration near the town police station demanding immediate arrest of those involved in posting offensive remarks against Hindu deities on Social Media.
Central forces were rushed to Odisha’s Bhadrak due to protests over derogatory Facebook Post against Lord Ram, Sec.144 imposed till 6PM tomorrow.
We find that though the State Government appointed Gyanaranjan Das, who was the commissioner of Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), as Bhadrak collector and asked him to take charge immediately. Union Minister of State for social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar, who was Scheduled to attend a function in Bhadrak on 8th April,2017, also cancelled his visit and slammed the State Government for Chaos and Unrest in the town. As Curfew remains in Force, residents of several areas of Bhadrak said they were facing problem in procuring essential commodities including food items.
Trouble mounted again on 7th April 2017, after alleged abusive comments went viral on Social Media. Angry people including Bajrang Dal, VHP, and Sri Ramanavami Committee, staged demonstration before the Bhadrak Town Police station. They also lodged the written complaint with the police and demanded immediate arrest of culprits. Meanwhile, President of Bhadrak Muslim Jamaat Abdul Bari in a statement condemned the alleged remarks about Lord Ram and demanded appropriate action against those involved in the episode. What we find surprising was that on Friday,6th April 2017, Mobs resorted to violence a day after prohibitory orders were imposed in the town.
Though Section 144, was imposed in the town, officials had to clamp curfew as the situation deteriorated further. About 15 Platoons of Police have been deployed.
Bhadrak Communal violence: Centre calls on Odisha CM to step up Efforts—
“I am requesting the Chief Minister of Odisha to prevail upon the situation and instruct the administration to be neutral and fair to take care of all the segments and sections of the society. This is the time to have patience and faith on the system”, Union Petroleum Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told ANI News.
Mr. Pradhan also further appealed to the citizens of Bhadrak to maintain calm and to be patient, adding that he has spoken to Home Minister RajnathSingh, and further assured that the Centre is extending its complete support to Odisha. Fresh violence erupted in some areas on 7th April, after talks failed to resolve the row triggered by alleged abusive remarks on Social Media against a particular community. Mobs also resorted Prohibitory orders were imposed in the town on 7th April 2017.
Bhadrak last saw a riot in March 1991, on the day of Ram Navami when a religious procession of Hindus had a scuffle with a Muslim Bystander. The city’s main market was gutted in the riots that followed.“I had gone to a nearby tea stall when I Heard slogan shouting. By the time I could back, the rioters had set everything on fire”, said a vegetable vendor. Kacheri Bazaar, Chandan Bazaar, Charampa square and the area around the Town Police Station were the worst hit Neighbourhoods. Police also confirmed that around 35 persons from both the communities have been arrested over their involvement in the last day’s riots. Three separate FIRs have been registered by two groups over the unrest at Bhadrak Town Police station. Local People alleged that situation deteriorated due to lack of administrative foresight.
Meanwhile, CM Naveen Patnaik and other politicians appealed to locals to maintain Peace. Union Minister of Petroleum and Gas, Mr. Pradhan had request Mr.Rajnath Singh to send two companies of central Paramilitary force to Bhadrak to deal with the situation.
As I come to conclude my Thoughts over the abusive Post on our Lord Rama and Goddess Sita that too especially on the occasion of Ram Navami, naturally will hurt sentiments Hindus throughout the world. I ask those people who posted these abusive posts if a Hindu posts on Islam or for that matter any religion, country would have witnessed multiple violence throughout India including Mass murder. For Heaven sake, For God sake, let’s not trivialise the issues in the name of Hindu Deities hereafter, Hindus are resilient but how long you can use derogatory language to hurt the sentiments of Hindus always. Hereafter this will not be tolerated at any cost, for that no one should hurt any other religious sentiments. We stay in a democratic and secular set-up, let’s respect each ones sentiments. I hope we will channelize our resources to a better, Positive and Pro—Developmental Posts for making a Successful Nation in all aspects.
Let’s move towards Akhand Bharat, Shrestha Bharat
Dr. Sukanya Iyer