The IG of Palamu, Jharkhand, Rajkumar Lakra, urged the populace on Wednesday not to believe rumours and to have faith in the administration, as tension prevailed in the city due to violence between two communities.
“Stone throwing and arson in response to the installation of the ‘torna gate’ in front of the mosque. 1-2 homes were partially ablaze. Two police cars were damaged. 4 policemen injured. Internet services were halted after Section 144 of the Criminal Code was invoked. Suspended for the next 24 hours,” stated the IG for the Palamu Zone.
According to him, the police will conduct an impartial investigation.
Earlier, a dispute between two groups regarding the construction of a toran gate at one location for the upcoming Shivratri festival had led to a tense situation in the Panki region of Palamu.
Two groups clash in Jharkhand’s Palamu; Section 144 imposed
More than 100 personnel have been deployed to control the situation, according to the police. Stone-pelting incidents have also become more prevalent.
Numerous officers from numerous police stations, including Tehsi, Pipratand, and Lesliganj, have also arrived at Panki. According to the police, Section 144 has been implemented in the Panki neighbourhood, and social media surveillance has been increased.
Following the conflict, Internet services were suspended in the Palamu district of Jharkhand on Wednesday.
Due to communal tensions in the city, the Jharkhand government’s Home, Prisons, and Disaster Management Department has issued a notice to suspend internet service for 24 hours beginning at 4 p.m. on February 15.