Bhopal/Khargone (Madhya Pradesh): The government of the central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh has come down heavily against those who had resorted to stone pelting on Ram Navami processions in Khargone and Badwani districts.
The rioters have been identified and they will not be spared. Strict action will be taken against them. There is no place for rioters in Madhya Pradesh – Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan
There was communal violence and large scale arson as mobs of those belonging to a particular religious group resorted to stone pelting during Ram Navami processions on Sunday.
Khargone SP Siddharth Chaudhary has received a bullet wound. At least 10 police personnel have been injured.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan called an emergency meeting on Khargone incident on Monday and announced:
- Khargone incident unfortunate
- There is no place for rioters on the soil of Madhya Pradesh.
- Damage will be recovered from the rioters
- The harshest punishment will be given, which will become an example for others
The Chief Minister gave this information to media persons after holding an emergency meeting with high-level officials at his residence. Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, Additional Chief Secretary Home Dr. Rajesh Rajoura, Director General of Police Sudhir Saxena were present.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra on Monday 11 April 2022 announced that the houses from where the stones were pelted will be reduced to a pile of stones. A few hours later, bulldozers went to the houses of the accused and demolition of illegally constructed structures began under heavy police presence.
Most of Monday was incident free barring an incident of stone pelting in Rahimpura at around 11 pm. The miscreants set fire to two buses parked on the Khandwa road.
Later on Monday after the Home Minister’s announcement that the houses from where stones had been pelted would be reduced to rubble, about half a dozen bulldozers had reached the Mohan Talkies area where 50 houses were marked and the anti-encroachment drive began full-swing. According to the Indore commissioner, 84 people had been arrested till Monday night.