Two Bharatiya Janata Party workers were among nearly 50 people detained on Thursday in two districts of Bihar in connection with communal clashes over the last few days, PTI reported.
Eleven people were taken into custody for questioning in Samastipur where clashes were reported on Tuesday during a Durga immersion procession in Rosera town, Superintendent of Police Deepak Ranjan said. BJP leaders Dinesh Jha and Mohan Patwa were among those detained on the basis of video footage of the incident, IANS reported.
In Rosera town, members of two communities had allegedly thrown stones at each other near a mosque and set vehicles on fire. Two senior police personnel were injured. The police later brought the situation under control, and prohibitory orders were issued.
In Nalanda district, 36 people were arrested a day after two communities clashed during a procession in Silao block. The police had filed a case against 74 people.
Meanwhile, jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday accused the BJP of promoting violence in Bihar, ANI reported. “There are riots and incidents of violence all over Bihar,” Yadav said after arriving in Delhi for treatment. “After locking me up, BJP has set the whole state ablaze. [Chief Minister] Nitish Kumar is finished now.”