Mira Road Communal Clashes
Communal tensions escalated in the Naya Nagar area of Mira Road, Mumbai, as clashes erupted between two groups on January 21, leaving the community on edge. The incident unfolded following a procession organized to mark the opening of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
Police have registered eight offenses and two under the IT Act in connection with the clashes, with a total of 19 arrests made so far. The Additional Commissioner of Police, Shrikant Pathak, stated that a thorough investigation is underway, including the scrutiny of CCTV footage, and further actions will be taken based on the findings.
The clashes have prompted authorities to issue a stern warning against the spread of fake news and messages on social media platforms, which may incite religious sentiments. The Mumbai police have urged people to exercise caution in sharing content and have explicitly instructed WhatsApp group admins, as well as users on Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms, to refrain from sharing provocative material. Legal actions will be taken against those found circulating such content.
A mischievously edited viral video falsely claimed that the Mira Road railway station had been set on fire, adding fuel to the already tense situation. The cybercrime wing of the Mumbai police has cautioned residents against posting any content that might hurt religious sentiments.
In response to the unrest, the Mira Bhayander Vasai Virar police issued an order urging group administrators not to share anything related to the clashes on social media. Reports of attacks on commercial establishments and processions celebrating the consecration of Lord Ram’s idol in Ayodhya have been surfacing from various parts of Thane district.
The local civic body took stringent action on Tuesday, demolishing “illegal” roadside stalls in the Naya Nagar area, a day after Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis issued a stern warning against rioters. The clashes initially erupted during a vehicle rally organized in the Muslim-dominated Naya Nagar locality, ahead of the Ram Mandir inauguration.
With the situation remaining tense, authorities are working diligently to restore peace and harmony in the affected areas. The thorough investigation continues, and additional measures are expected to be implemented to prevent further escalation of the communal strife.
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