Muslim protesting against alleged genocide in Myannar ransack shops in Ranchi
Aug 11, 2012
RANCHI/JAMSHEDPUR: Unruly youths from a minority community went berserk at different places of the state on Friday, attacking government office in Jamshedpur and ransacking shops in Ranchi to protest against the alleged genocide of Muslims in Myanmar.
A group of minority people was to take out a rally and submit a memorandum to governor Syed Ahmed against attack on Muslims in Myanmar but the rally was called off at the last moment. However, officials of the Raj Bhavan and subdivisional officer of Ranchi Shekhar Jamuar said no minority organization had taken permission to meet the governor or take out a rally in Ranchi on Friday afternoon.
Police sources said instead of the rally a mob of around 40-50 youths came out on the streets and ransacked shops near Albert Ekka Chowk in the state capital. "A number of shops including Firayalal were damaged in the violence. It led to the closure of all shops at the spot," said a police officer.
The situation was brought under control by police who prevented a group of youths from taking retaliatory action. "A prompt response by city police averted a clash," said Kotwali DSP Surendra Singh Pal adding adequate force had been deployed and none would be allowed to create law and order problem. None has been arrested or detained so far.
Assembly speaker C P Singh visited the vandalized shops and assured help to the victims. "We will take up the mater with the government and ensure adequate compensation to the victims," said Singh.
In Jamshedpur, a group gathered at the deputy commissioner's office to submit a memorandum. When they found that none was present, they tried to break open the main gate but were prevented by security men.
Police said none was present because it was a holiday on account of Krishna Janmashtami.
In the attempt to break open the gate, the mob attacked three policemen. Assistant sub-inspector Mohd Sakir suffered injuries and were admitted to the MGM College and Hospital.
"We urge the Prime Minister through memorandum that couldn't be submitted to approach the United Nations to prevent genocide in Myanmar," said a member of Ittehad-ul-Muslim, the outfit that led the delegation to the DC office. The mob also blocked the busy court road for about an hour.
"Police will take action against the unruly crowd," said senior police superintendent Akhilesh Kumar Jha.
Youths protesting against alleged genocide in Myannar ransack shops in Ranchi - The Times of India