BJP workers demanded the investigation of the communal violence in Shastri Nagar area of Kadma police station area of Jamshedpur by central investigative agencies. A 10-member delegation led by BJP’s former Jharkhand president Dineshanand Goswami met the governor in Ranchi and submitted a memorandum.
He urged Governor CP Radhakrishnan to order an inquiry into the communal violence either by the CBI or by a High Court judge. He also urged the Governor to release the BJP and VHP workers arrested in connection with the violence. BJP leaders apprised the governor about the violence and said that the unruly mob pelted bricks and stones at the Jatadhari Shiva temple and incited the violence.
The BJP claimed that among the arrested leaders, Dhanbad party in-charge and East Singhbhum district president Abhay Singh and district committee vice-president Sudhanshu Ojha had nothing to do with the violence. The BJP also demanded an inquiry into the massive accumulation of stones and bricks by unruly mobs in the violence-hit area. Besides Goswami, party general secretary Pradeep Verma, BJP executive committee members JB Tubid, Laxman Prasad Singh, former MLA Laxman Tudu and BJP’s Kadma mandal president Rajesh Singh were among others present.
Violent clashes broke out between two groups on March 31 and April 9 over the alleged desecration of a religious flag in Jharkhand’s Jamshedpur. On March 31, there was a lot of violence on Ram Navami. There was a lot of stone pelting on Ram Navami in Haldipokhar, Jamshedpur. People were taking out a Ram Navami procession. When the procession reached Jugsalai, some protesting people started pelting stones at the procession. Enraged by this incident, people started reciting Hanuman Chalisa in Bata Chowk. During the violent clash in Shastri Nagar, miscreants pelted stones. Also, several shops and an auto-rickshaw were set on fire.