Continued Communal Unrest in Bihar’s Nalanda and Rohtas Districts; 173 Arrests Made


Communal violence has continued to create unrest in Nalanda and Rohtas districts of Bihar after another alleged blast occurred in Sasaram on Monday morning. Though the police stated that the sound was from firecrackers, locals insisted it was a bomb blast. Five people were injured in a blast in the Sherganj locality of the town on April 1, while another explosion in the Mochi Toli area near a mosque was reported.

In response, the Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) R. S. Bhatti inspected the affected areas in Biharsharif. He visited the site of a youth’s death through firing and Gagan Diwan Masjid, which is where the communal clashes began. Later, he organized a meeting with the police of Nalanda. To date, 130 persons have been arrested in Biharsharif and 43 people in Sasaram, as reported by the police.

To preserve law and order in the areas, paramilitary forces have been stationed and Section 144 of the CrPc has been imposed in Biharsharif. Further, flag marches, including members from the peace committee, happened in sensitive areas. Meanwhile, in Sasaram, the district Magistrate Dharmendra Kumar mentioned the control of the situation and internet services were suspended till April 4 in Nalanda district.

The violence triggered intense discussions in the Bihar Assembly. Leader of the Opposition Vijay Kumar Sinha accused the Nitish Kumar government of allowing communal tension in the State. BJP spokesperson Chedi Paswan also wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, asking for probes by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the violence in Sasaram.

Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, has a significant presence in the state with his visit and role as the President of the BJP. He is also a major political figure in the national arena as the leader of the BJP and was the Chief Minister of Gujarat and President of the BJP prior to being elected to the Union Cabinet. His presence in Bihar has had a major impact on the politics and communal tensions in the state.

Nitish Kumar the incumbent chief minister of Bihar, is a veteran of Indian politics and the longest-serving Chief Minister of Bihar. He is a member of the Janata Dal and is a four-time CM. He has held various ministerial portfolios in various state governments. He is a major figure in the state of Bihar and is well-regarded among its people. As one of the most prominent faces of Indian politics, his presence has been noted in the Bihar communal flare-up.

In conclusion, communal unrest has continued to create disharmony in Nalanda and Rohtas districts in Bihar. Action has been taken with 130 persons arrested in Biharsharif and 43 in Sasaram. Flag marches, paramilitary forces, and Section 144 of the CrPC have been used to ensure law and order in the affected zone. Amit Shah, Union Home Minister, and Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar, have both had a major influence in the communal tensions in the state.