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Internet services suspended in Bihar’s Nawada after reports of communal tension

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PATNA: Authorities in Bihar today suspended internet in a southern district after reports of communal tension following damaging of idol of Goddess Durga.

The tension gripped Nawada district soon after some anti-social elements pelted stones on the Goddess Durga’s idol, resulting in its damage.

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Local media has reported the incident took place last night when the devotees were carrying the idol to be installed at a temple located at Balia-Bujurg village under Akbarpur police station.

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“In the meantime, a group of people pelted stones on the idol objecting to loud music being played on the public address system,” the local English daily Hindustan Times reported today.

In the aftermath of the incident, heavy deployment of police force has been made at the spot and internet services also suspended to prevent people from circulating any inflammatory messages.

“We have been directed to strictly follow the 2008 guideline of the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) that asks district administrations to prepare contingency plans so that riots can be pre-empted or prevented,” an unnamed police official was quoted as saying in the paper.

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